He may have become a media sensation overnight but for Longford’s newest lottery millionaire, it was business as usual when he returned to his day job with Bord Na Mona on Monday.
Ger Hand was already a local celebrity when he featured on RTE’s Six One News last week in an interview with Lanesboro man and RTE Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly. The resultant interview catapulted Ger to national fame and media outlets clamoured to get a few words from Ireland’s newest millionaire for the ultimate feel-good story.
Speaking to the Leader on Monday Ger reflected on the past week and on his future plans.
He said his biggest purchase is likely to be a modest sized car or van and perhaps a short break overseas with his wife Ann and two children, Ann Marie (16) and Laura (10).
“We won’t be doing anything hasty that’s for sure,” he said.
“I might leave it alone for a while too and talk to a few lads (investment advisors) to see what’s what.”
Ger was speaking after he and around 20 close family members boarded a bus to Lottery Headquarters in Dublin to collect his €1.29m windfall five days previously.
Greeted by a champagne reception, he said he also intends to continue playing the Lotto while also keeping hold of his 06 registered Volkswagen Golf.
“Would you believe, I said to one of the girls (National Lottery representatives) what were the chances of winning again? She said quite a few past winners had come back a second time and claimed something.”
Ger laughed: “I just smiled to her and said, ‘Oh be God, I’ll do my best to be back so.”