Defence Forces on the march to Lotto HQ after €450k win
A trip to Dublin Zoo turned into a day to remember for Clive Parsons after he learned he'd scooped nearly €500,000 from the National Lottery.
The Kilkenny man (36) was part of an army syndicate who yesterday marched on Lotto HQ to collect €452,700 in winnings after they'd matched five numbers and the bonus in a draw in August.
"I was in such a state that I was worried I'd crash the car before we got home," he told the Herald. "I got an email from the Lotto that night saying we'd won but I figured it was a few quid so I didn't look at it.
"It was only when I scanned my emails the next day that I saw we'd won the big one."
Hailing from Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Laois and Carlow, the men, aged 23-54, are stationed at Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny.
Each of the syndicate members will take home €22,635.
Private Daniel McGrath (30) explained how the money had arrived at the perfect moment for some of the men, two of which are getting married soon.
"My wife is actually due in December with our first child so the timing is beyond perfect.
"We actually just finished doing up the house when I got the new we'd won, so I've nothing to spend the money on.
"I guess it will all have to go towards spoiling the little one," the Cork man joked.
Donal, who has served overseas twice with the Defence Forces, said the close knit group of lads from Stephen's Barracks could not be more excited with the winnings.
"It will pay for a lot of wedding cake and champagne," said David Feehan (27), from south Kilkenny.
Private Feehan recently got engaged and said that his bride-to-be already had plans for the money.
"It will be a big help," he joked has he lifted up the €452,700 cheque. "Most of my share will be going towards the wedding."
Fellow Kilkenny man Robbie Flynn (27) addedd: "I've nothing in the pipeline yet but I'm sure I'll think of something."
The pair trained together when they first joined the Defence Forces almost ten years ago, and served with one another in Chad in late 2008.
"It was some experience but we did a lot of good there."