TICKET HOLDER REVEALS IT TOOK HIM HOURS TO CONVINCE WORKMATES THEY WON LOTTO

first_imgJames Bradley, with the winning ticket, and his fellow winners.The holder of the lotto ticket which scooped a whopping €5M for a Donegal call-centre syndicate has revealed his co-workers refused to believe they had won the fortune.James Bradley is renowned as a practical joker.So when he tried to telephone his co-workers at Forward Emphasis International in Malin Head to say they had won Wednesday night’s lotto, nobody believed him. In fact, it took him a number of hours to convince the others they were in the money and had scooped €375,000 each.James, 28, revealed “I started ringing around the others in the syndicate to tell them the good news. As you can imagine, I was on a complete high and couldn’t wait to break the news to them.“However, none of them would believe me, they were just like, ‘aye good man Jimmy, do you think we were born yesterday’!“Other members of the syndicate sarcastically said ‘Ah that’s great Jimmy, just great’. It was only after three hours of persistent calls and texts, that some of the members actually started to believe him.Fellow winner Anna McKinney said James is renowned as a the joker in the pack so everyone thought it was just another one of his jokes.She said “At the start I was just like yeah sure Jimmy, he’s always playing pranks and I was having none of it.“But after a good few hours, he was so insistent and persistent with the calls, that I was like right this isn’t funny anymore is he actually serious?“Then when I realised he was, I was just gobsmacked and absolutely over the moon.” Bradley was glad when his colleagues started to take him serious, so he could the celebrations underway.“I was getting annoyed when they wouldn’t believe me. I was repeating myself over and over again, suppose when you’re always playing pranks that reputation as a messer sticks.“I was like the boy who cried wolf, thankfully they believed me and then we can start celebrating properly.”The syndicate eventually met up for breakfast in the Inishowen town of Carndonagh on Thursday morning to toast their luck. They had to settle for tea instead of champagne however as nowhere was open to buy some bubbly.Although most of the ‘lucky 13’ feel blessed, Maria Doherty feels even luckier than most.She only started at the company on Monday last and only contributed to the lotto syndicate because she had some change in her pocket.Maria, 21, hasn’t even received her first pay cheque from the Malin-Head based company.“I’m just so glad I had some change in my pocket and it was really nice to be asked to become part of the syndicate.“I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did,” laughed Maria.Many of the group are now planning holidays and spending sprees while others also want to wipe out their mortgages.TICKET HOLDER REVEALS IT TOOK HIM HOURS TO CONVINCE WORKMATES THEY WON LOTTO was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalForward EmphasisJames Bradleylottomoneylast_img read more

BREAKING: 4 FEMALE STUDENTS KILLED IN KILDARE CRASH

first_imgBREAKING NATIONAL NEWS: Gardai in Athy, Co Kildare are investigating a serious road traffic collision in Kildare this evening in which four young women, all students, have died.The collision between a car and a van occurred shortly before 10pm at Birdstown, Co Kildare, approx. 3 miles from Junction 3(M9) heading for Athy N78.A number of people (five females and two males) were seriously injured and were treated at scene and taken to Naas General hospital. Four of the females have since died. They were returning to college after the Christmas break.The road is closed and will remain closed until late tomorrow to facilitate a Forensic Collision Examination and diversions are in place.Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact the Gardai in Athy on 059 8634210, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.BREAKING: 4 FEMALE STUDENTS KILLED IN KILDARE CRASH was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breaking newsfour deadkildarelast_img read more

International Cricket Council probes Hong Kong team, confident of clean World T20

first_imgCricket’s world governing body (ICC) said on Monday that its anti-corruption unit was probing the Hong Kong team but ruled out any match-fixing angle to its investigation.A day after ICC anti-corruption unit head Ronnie Flanagan revealed the case in Mumbai, the ruling body’s chief executive Dave Richardson provided more details.”In recent times you would have read in the media that a particular player was suspended from his country and the investigations relate to the same team,” Richardson told reporters.The governing body announced in January that Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed had been suspended and charged with failing to disclose an approach from an individual.”We should not speculate that it involves or there’s any match-fixing or anything going on with particular players or a particular teams,” Richardson said.”Often we get our intelligence from players reporting various approaches that corrupt people make to them.”Hong Kong play the first match of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday against Zimbabwe in first-round Group B which also includes Afghanistan and Scotland.The pool winners will go into Super 10 Group 1 with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.The ICC has done stellar work to shield players from full member nations against such approaches but “corrupt” individuals were finding new targets, Richardson said.”We are now finding that the corruptors are now focused on associate members, women’s teams etc etc. So we got to make sure the players from all the teams are very well educated, understand their responsibilities and would not get involved.”advertisement”Unfortunately, this is the world we are living. There are corrupt people all over the world, trying their best to get hold of players.”Cricket has been plagued by a number of corruption issues and a 2010 spot-fixing scandal resulted in bans and jail terms for Pakistan fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and former test captain Salman Butt.South African Richardson, however, is confident that the sixth World Twenty20, which starts on Tuesday, will not be affected by it.”I’m very confident that we’ll have a clean tournament,” he said.”I know that our anti-corruption unit has been working hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies and the police in India to make sure that any information is shared,” he said.”I’m very confident that the matches will be played in the correct spirit.”last_img read more