There has been a great reaction to the good fortune of the lucky Lotto winner of €250,000 at the weekend, with one former colleague of his saying, “there is no better man” to win the cash prize.
In a rare stroke of luck two Letterkenny residents each scooped €250,000 in a National Lottery draw last Saturday night.
Well-known retired post officer worker, Pat O’Hagan, and his former wife, Margaret, who still both live in the town, each claimed the cash prize after buying tickets with the same numbers in two different stops.
Mr. O’Hagan came to work in Letterkenny from Dublin in the 1970’s.
Letterkenny councillor, Tadhg Culbert, worked with Pat in the town’s post office for the best part of 20 years. He says he was thrilled for him when he heard about his Lotto win.
“There’s no better man to win the money than Pat. He thoroughly deserves it and I’m delighted for him,” Tadhg said.
“He worked hard all his life but his health hasn’t been all that good over the last few years and he had to take early retirement because of that. So I hope this win brings him happiness and allows him to do what he’s always wanted, which is to travel and to visit his brother in New Mexico.”
After speculation about the winners during the week it is understood the pair have already collected their windfall from Lotto HQ in Dublin during the week, after travelling to the capital by bus.
It was initially speculated that both tickets could have belonged to just one person who did the same numbers twice, as has happened to one lucky winner in the past. However, following intense speculation it has been widely reported it was the Letterkenny duo who have claimed the prizes.
A keen lover of art, Pat says he wishes to spend some time travelling in the future.
“I’m really looking forward to taking a holiday to Florence in Italy soon to see the statue of David because I’m interested in art and sculpture.
“I also plan to visit my older brother in New Mexico,” he added.
There has still been no comment publicly from Ms Doherty on the matter and she was unavailable for comment last evening.
One of the winning tickets was bought at the Paper Post Newsagents on the town’s Main Street as part of a €12 ticket while the other winning ticket was bought at Mac’s Mace on the High Road. The money was won on the Lotto Plus 2 draw that has a prize of €250,000 for each lucky winner, as it is not split among ticket holders like the main Lotto draw.
Earlier in the week newsagent Noel Boyle of the Paper Post, which is next door to where Mr. O’Hagan worked for many years in the post office, welcomed the news and said it was nice to see a total of €500,000 coming to people in the town.