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Saturday 21 September 2019

Wexford's winners celebrate

Winning Streak co-host Sinéad Kennedy, Des Casey from Enniscorthy, National Lottery chief financial officer Mari Hurley, and Winning Streak co-host Marty Whelan. Des’s ticket was bought at Greenville Stores in Enniscorthy
Winning Streak co-host Sinéad Kennedy, Des Casey from Enniscorthy, National Lottery chief financial officer Mari Hurley, and Winning Streak co-host Marty Whelan. Des’s ticket was bought at Greenville Stores in Enniscorthy

Brendan Keane

There is great excitement around Wexford town as people wonder who is the latest person from the Model County to win big in the National Lottery.

On Saturday one lucky punter in Wexford secured the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw and netted a tidy €250,000.

The Wexford winner matched the following numbers to those drawn out on Saturday night: 1, 4, 17, 21, 28, 37 and 13.

The ticket was purchased in the Tesco store on Distillery Road and speaking to this newspaper the store's deputy manager, Barry Dempsey, said there is great excitement around as people wonder who it might be, however, he said it appears the winner doesn't work in the store: 'Nobody called in sick or said they were going on holidays.'

'We hope it's someone local and it would be great if it's one of our regular customers but at the moment no-one knows who it is,' he added.

Claire Redmond, from the store's customer services department, also expressed hope it's someone local: 'We've no idea who won it and at the moment we're not even sure when the ticket was sold.'

'I wasn't here when the news came through and only heard about it yesterday from management,' she added.

Communications Executive with the National Lottery Fran Whearty confirmed that the Wexford ticket was verified yesterday afternoon at about 1.40 p.m.

'We are making arrangements for them to collect their prize now,' he said.

'As with all wins of this nature we advise the winner to take a little bit of time and get some independent legal and financial advice before they collect their prize,' he added.

He went on to comment: 'We expect to have them in before the week is out.'

Co Wexford has been enjoying a good run of success in lotto draws in recent weeks with one lucky person scooping the overall top prize in Christmas millionaire raffle after buying a ticket in Clonroche.

BoyleSports also revealed that a Wexford punter turned €3 into €11,403 on the same Lotto Plus 2 draw last weekend.

The customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, placed a €3 accumulator bet on four numbers being drawn from the drum and was lucky enough to have all four included.

The BoyleSports spokesperson said: 'As the bet included the bonus ball the customer received odds of 3,800/1, which they defied when all four numbers rolled out on Saturday evening, seeing them scoop an mouth-watering €11,403.'

Aoife Heffron from BoyleSports congratulated the Wexford winner, who, she said, turned their €3 into an incredible €11,403 windfall as a result of getting behind their four lucky numbers.'

Ms Heffron went on to comment: 'They are the third big numbers winners in 24-hours to have won a substantial amount for a stake under €5 which is just fantastic to see and shows you don't have to bet big to win big.'

The Model County's winning streak also extended to the TV gameshow of the same name with Enniscorthy-based musician Des Casey taking home €32,000 from last weekend's show.

Des said he will now purchase a new Fender Stratocaster guitar after winning the cash.

Des is a man of many talents but his passion is music - having played guitar in a few bands in the 1970s around the showband era.

Nowadays he just plays for himself for the fun of it. He works as a cleaning operative for Derrycourt and has had stints as a barber and other labour jobs after he finished working for An Post, where he worked as a postman in Glenageary for 28 years.

When Des's wife Ann heard her husband's name called out after coming out of the Winning Streak drum a couple of weeks ago there was delight in the Casey sitting room. But Des kept calm and collected all last week ahead of his TV appearance.

Originally from Sallynoggin in Dublin, the couple will be married 40 years this year. They moved to Enniscorthy almost 20 years ago. He has three children (Laura, Darren and Keith) who were all supporting him on the show in the audience. He also has one granddaughter, 16-month-old Kyra.

Everton fan Des said that apart from the new guitar, he will address a few DIY jobs around the house.

The wins aren't over yet. This coming weekend, another person from Wexford, Brenda Foley from Courthoyle, is due to appear on Winning Streak.

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