Irishman tells of joy at $10m NY lotto win
The Irishman living in New York who scooped a $10m in a lottery prize has been named as Brendan Riordan (28).
And it was a case of the luck of the Irish as the delighted real estate worker from Co Cavan bought the winning ticket in an Irish mini-market in Yonkers, just north of Manhattan.
There was huge speculation as to the identity of the winner, whose identity was finally revealed at a ceremony in lottery headquarters.
He revealed at the presentation how, when he first discovered he had won on the Win For Life Spectacular scratch-off game, he thought a mistake had been made.
Brendan emigrated to the States with his family eight years ago -- and said his life has been on an upward spiral ever since. He bought the winning ticket on January 28 at the Irish store in his home town and couldn't believe his luck.
"I was driving around looking at properties and decided to stop for a couple of tickets," he explained.
"I started to scratch them that night but got sidetracked when a movie I wanted to see came on TV." He finished scratching his Win For Life Spectacular tickets the following morning, when he suddenly realised his big win.
"I matched the number 19 on the top and bottom and kept thinking there must be a mistake," he continued. "I couldn't wait for Monday to come."
A day later, he claimed his prize at the Lottery's customer service centre, where he learnt he was in for a windfall of at least $10m, the equivalent of €7.58m
As for his plans for the money, Brendan added: "I never made plans because I never really thought I'd win."
But he said he would like to buy his own house in New York and is considering buying one in Ireland as well.