Two Carlow bin men called to National Lottery headquarters today (Friday 9th June) to collect a hefty Lotto cheque for €224,498.
As they sipped champagne in the Winners Room the delighted duo from Ballon, Co Carlow, were far from down in the dumps. John Brophy and Alan Williamson declared rumours they were going to give up the day jobs after their win a “load of old rubbish”.
The ecstatic pair won the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize on Saturday 3rd June. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at the Centra Store in Ballon, Co. Carlow on Thursday June 1st.
Originally from Ballon and now living in Carlow, the lucky winners work for Ray Whelan Waste Management. Staff at the company have a long-running Lotto syndicate, but Alan and John decided to do their own mini-syndicate when they were assigned to the "spare lorry" on Thursday June 1st:
“We were off our usual route with this lorry so we thought we would pop into Centra in Ballon to buy a ticket for our newly formed, ‘Spare Lorry Syndicate’. Little did we know we’d be sitting in the National Lottery Winners Room with a massive cheque over a week later,” said John Brophy.
In a surprising admission, plucky bin man Alan Williamson confessed that he had never played Lotto before and he owes his massive win to his persuasive colleague.
“I can’t ever remember playing Lotto before,” he laughed. “When we were in the truck, John was pestering me to play a line with him so I gave him a few euros to share the ticket. His powers of persuasion paid off big time,” he said.
Both men said they had no plans to “get thrashed” after their big win. They are planning a quiet celebration with their families this weekend and have not yet decided how they will spend their jackpot.
Their €224,489 Match 5 + Bonus prize win was made possible by a recent innovation to the Lotto game. Previously the prize was a guaranteed €25,000 but if there are no winners the prize fund can now carry forward after each draw, meaning there is the possibility of far bigger prizes.
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