“I was always sure I was going to win. Even my mother said I was going to win one day”, said the ecstatic Co Mayo carpenter when he collected his cheque for €6.38m at the National Lottery’s headquarters in Dublin yesterday.
Ger had been playing the same numbers all his life — family birthdays and anniversaries.
“I drew the numbers up 25 years ago in two different lines and I said, if I stick with them, I am going to win and I did,” said Ger, 52, from Ballinrobe.
He was in his mother’s house having breakfast last Sunday when he realised he had won the jackpot.
“I started shouting a bit and my mother said she did not think money could do that to you. I kind of quietened down fairly quick,” he said.
His mother, 93, had raised 11 children. A tough but a great woman, said Ger, who said he was delighted that she was still alive to celebrate his big win.
“I will buy something special for my mum. Anything she wants she can have. She has made no requests yet. She wants to see the cheque first.”
Ger said he was going to go on holiday somewhere nice and hot next week, lie on a beach and think about how he was going to spend his money.
“I am going to splash out. I don’t know on what yet but I am going to make sure I will not leave a lot behind me.”
He was not sure about whether he could continue to work but, in any event, he would not be working for anyone else anymore.
“I am going to buy a new van anyway. I would love a new Ford Transit van.”
Ger purchased his winning ticket in Murphy’s Agency in Ballinrobe, owned by his brother-in-law, Martin Murphy, who is in line for a bonus as the seller of the winning ticket.
With Ger when he collected his cheque was his ex-wife, Sue, and his four children, Gerard, 29, Dave, 24, Jack, 18 and only daughter, Laura, 27.
“My family have not given me a wish list yet but it is early days,” he said.