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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Six million in the bank - but carpenter Gerard says he's keeping the day job

Ecstatic Co. Mayo Carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot. There were great celebrations at National Lottery offices today as Ger Murphy (52) from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland’s largest Lotto jackpot winner collected a cheque for €6,384,673. Ger carpenter from Co. Mayo, won the life-changing prize in last Saturday’s Lotto draw with numbers he picked himself. “I’ve been playing these numbers all my life-family birthdays and stuff like that”, he said.
Ecstatic Co. Mayo Carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot. There were great celebrations at National Lottery offices today as Ger Murphy (52) from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland’s largest Lotto jackpot winner collected a cheque for €6,384,673. Ger carpenter from Co. Mayo, won the life-changing prize in last Saturday’s Lotto draw with numbers he picked himself. “I’ve been playing these numbers all my life-family birthdays and stuff like that”, he said.
Ecstatic Co. Mayo Carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot. There were great celebrations at National Lottery offices today as Ger Murphy (52) from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland’s largest Lotto jackpot winner collected a cheque for €6,384,673. Ger carpenter from Co. Mayo, won the life-changing prize in last Saturday’s Lotto draw with numbers he picked himself. “I’ve been playing these numbers all my life-family birthdays and stuff like that”, he said
NO REPRO FEE: Ecstatic Co. Mayo Carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot. There were great celebrations at National Lottery offices today as Ger Murphy (52) from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland’s largest Lotto jackpot winner collected a cheque for €6,384,673. Ger carpenter from Co. Mayo, won the life-changing prize in last Saturday’s Lotto draw with numbers he picked himself. “I’ve been playing these numbers all my life-family birthdays and stuff like that”, he said

There were joyous scenes at the National Lottery Headquarters as the country's newest millionaire collected his winnings.

Gerard Murphy (52), from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, collected his €6.3m cheque alongside his family after he won the weekend's bumper draw.

However, the carpenter claimed he "will not be giving up the day job any time soon".

His brother-in-law, shopkeeper Martin Murphy who sold Gerard the winning ticket, said: "That shows exactly the kind of guy he is - he won't be getting carried away."

Gerard has played the same numbers for more than 25 years and said he hasn't figured out what he is going to do with his winnings yet.

"I'm going to take a long holiday somewhere hot and decide what to do with it there," he said.

Murphy joked that he was finally getting his "money back" after years playing the same numbers for each Lotto draw.

"I've been playing these numbers for a very long time - I'm glad I didn't change them," he laughed. "Sure, I'm only getting my money back."

It seems Gerard's string of luck is in no danger of coming to an end.

"I also won a €1 scratch card in Saturday night's draw as well," he said proudly.

Ger's sons Dave (24), Jack (18), Baz and daughter Laura (27) accompanied him to collect his €6,384,673 winnings, alongside his ex-wife Sue.

His son Jack said Gerard has remained "calm and collected" since the bumper win.

Ger's mother (93) didn't make the trip to Dublin but intends to celebrate with him in Mayo later this week.

Mayo inhabitants seem to have a lucky streak when it comes to the Lotto, as almost €90m in Lotto jackpot prizes have been collected in the county since the game began in 1988 - including nine Lotto jackpot wins.

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