Priest wins $25,000 in local Irish lotto draw

A popular Irish priest has won NZ$25,000 in a local lotto draw.

Limerick-based Fr Pat Currivan won 16,000 Euros in Oola’s lotto.

The priest says he will use the winnings to do much needed home improvements.

“It came just at the right time and that will pay for it. I got a phone call on the night of the draw and it was a very nice surprise,” said Fr Currivan.

The amount in the local draw had been building since January, 2015.

The chairman of the lotto committee that supports Oola GAA club and the community centre, Johnny Ryan, congratulated Fr Currivan.

“He is a gentleman and we wish him the best of luck with his winnings,” Mr Ryan said.

The chairman noted that local lottos like these are “vital” to communities.

“Our’s is one of the longest running. It started in 1999 to pay off a big debt on the hall. We cleared that but then over time other debts arose.”

Now the prize has gone down to 2000 Euros.

Mr Ryan said this is still a very nice sum to pocket for 2 Euros and four numbers.

Fr Currivan thanked Larry Ryan, who sold him the winning ticket.

“Larry calls the numbers at the bingo in Caherconlish. He sells them every week at our bingo so we have all been buying them for some time.”


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