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'I went to celebrate €1m jackpot but card wouldn't work' - lotto winner


Odhran Doherty with dad Liam. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins

Odhran Doherty with dad Liam. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Odhran Doherty with dad Liam. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins

When Ireland's newest millionaire Odhran Doherty found out he had hit the jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto Plus One draw he went to buy a celebratory pint - and his card wouldn't work.

He certainly doesn't need to worry about that any more, as he walked away from Lotto HQ on Abbey Street yesterday with a cheque worth €1m in his hands.

Joined by his mum Margaret and dad Liam - Liam being the purchaser of the ticket for his lucky son - the Donegal man arrived in the capital in a Hummer.

His sister Lana, who lives in Wexford, and brother Shane, who flew in from Manchester for the occasion, were also there to celebrate.

Odhran's girlfriend Jessica was also by his side as the bubbly was popped and Odhran came to terms with his big win.

"I can't even describe it in words - it is amazing," he told the Herald.

"We will have a think how we will spend it and let it settle.

"I just scanned the ticket and it said 'congratulations'. I thought I had just won a couple of thousand, if anything - I didn't realise it was going to be this amount.

"I couldn't even read the amount of zeroes on it."

A skiing holiday was one thing on his wish list, as was a new tractor for the family farm where he works.

"I might buy a bit of new machinery," he said.


While he might be partying with family and friends, he will soon be back to the day job, with lambing season in full flow.

"I'll be back on the farm tomorrow evening - the lambing never stops," he said.

Telling the story of how his card wouldn't work for him at the bar when he found out about his new fortune, Odhran said: "I was out and I went up to get a couple of drinks to celebrate and my card wasn't working, it was a faulty card or something.

"That was a bit annoying - but I didn't even need a drink that night, I was happy out the way it was."

Odhran's dad Liam bought three tickets on the day, giving the winning one to Odhran.

"I gave Margaret the choice first and she picked another one, then Odhran came into the car and I said to him, 'Take your pick'," he said.

"He said, 'Ah, any' so I threw him any ticket and said 'there'."

Sister Lana said they were all "over the moon" for Odhran.

"It was one of the calls you get and you don't believe it. He is a young farmer with no money so it is just incredible for him," she said.