Derek Delaney collects his winnings from BoyleSports, Newbridge
A Kildare Town man has today collected his winnings after placing a lucky €3 bet on the Lotto Plus 1 draw over the weekend.
Derek Delaney, who works with the local authorities, was handed a cheque for €257,500, from BoyleSports Newbridge. He was accompanied by his wife Lorraine and son Adam (10).
Derek places a bet on the lotto numbers nearly every Wednesday and Saturday from his local bookies, so couldn't believe his luck when his numbers were picked out.
"Sunday morning, lying back in bed after the breakfast, my phone was powered off so I did the Teletext, old style, checked the first one and the main draw, no numbers there, and Lotto Plus 1 and I realised then, because I go by birthdays and that. Same numbers every time", said Derek.
"Then we made a couple of phone calls, I rang BoyleSports, I think your man nearly fell off his stool as well!", he laughed.
Derek said it was a good feeling, and felt the "pressure off" when he got the good news. "Lorraine couldn't believe it."
The €2 accumulator was on the five numbers 8, 9, 27, 32 and 45. Defying monumental odds of 125,000/1, all five numbers were drawn and resulted in the mammoth windfall of €250,002.
His luck didn’t stop there however, as he also placed a €1 bet on the four numbers 8, 9, 27 and 32 on the same draw, which returned an added bonus of €7,501. The two bets had a combined stake of just €3 and returned the jaw dropping sum of €257,503 in total.
Derek plans to pay off bills, and go for a spin with his family to celebrate tonight.