Retired Donegal farmer wins €500k
AN 84-year-old retired Donegal farmer and cancer
survivor has picked up a EuroMillions Plus winning
cheque for €500,000 from National Lottery
headquarters – declaring having his health is like
winning the Lotto for him.
Charlie Meehan, 84, from Manorcunningham, who
decided to go public with his win, purchased his
golden ticket at Barclay’s Newsagents in Raphoe for
the EuroMillions Draw on February 5th.
Speaking from the National Lottery Winners Room with
family members by his side he said: “It is nearly
three weeks since I won this prize and it hasn’t had
any great effect on me at this stage! I had cancer
of the bladder in 2012 and spent several weeks in
hospital. Thankfully I am still clear of cancer and
that to me is more important than any money. This is
the icing on the cake for me.”
Charlie Meehan pictured with his wife
Ruby, son Niall and daughter Ann when he collected
his winnings from the National Lottery HQ.
Charlie said he checked
his numbers on teletext on the night of his big win.
“I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to be absolutely
sure so I woke my daughter Ann who was asleep in
bed. She got an awful fright at first when I woke
her up. She checked the numbers online and confirmed
the win. “
Charlie, who has three children and four
grandchildren, then woke his wife Ruby and told her
they had come in to some money. “Her immediate reply
was ‘How much’” he quipped!
Asked what he plans to do with his winnings he said:
“There are a few women around the house who have
their ask in! This will give us more comfort and I
will look after my family. But nothing can
compensate you for your health and once I am well I