Most of us donâ€™t get the chance to win the lotto, never mind two.
But thatâ€™s precisely what Co Westmeath man Pat Lynagh managed recently when he scooped the Clonguish GAA jackpot, netting himself a cool â‚¬6,700 in the process.
Whatâ€™s more, the former Lake County GAA secretary won the jackpot with the exact same numbers that secured â‚¬7,500 four years previously.
â€œWhen the phone rang to say my numbers had come up, to say I was surprised is putting it mildly,â€ said Pat, earlier this week.
The fact his fortune came from a lotto 47 miles up the N4 from his home in Kilbeggan is another feature which adds further intrigue to the story.
Now retired, Pat enjoyed a long spell working at St Lomanâ€™s Hospital in Mullingar while also enjoing a stint at Longfordâ€™s Commununity Mental Health Centre.
Itâ€™s Patâ€™s association with the formerly mentioned facility, however, and his long held friendship with Clonguish man, Patsy Clarke which ultimately sparked Patâ€™s lotto winning exploits.
â€œI was a work colleague of Patsyâ€™s and we have been exchanging lotto tickets for many years with me being in the Clonguish lotto and Patsy in Kilbeggan Shamrocks,â€ he said.
Asked how his friend had fared from his own hometown club in that time and whether he felt any onus on returning the favour, the response was unsurprisingly gracious.
â€œLooking back, I think he (Patsy) might have won â‚¬40 or so. I suppose you could say I owe him a big one, but unfortunately I wonâ€™t be able to pull any strokes,â€ he joked.
His comical take on things was just as catching when pressed about how his near â‚¬7,000 windfall might be spent.
â€œAh sure I donâ€™t know, there is plenty of places it can be spent nowadays isnâ€™t there?â€
As Pat weighs up those thoughts over the coming days, his win is still the number one topic of conversation in Clonguish.
â€œItâ€™s unusual the same numbers came up again but good luck to him,â€ said Chairman James Clarke.
So much for the saying lightning never strikes twice.