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Mayo v Limerick score nets Thomas the ’Tubber jackpot


STROKE OF LUCKBallintubber GAA lotto jackpot winner Thomas McNally receiving his cheque from club treasurer, Adrian Burke

Anton McNulty

The year 2018 will be remembered as a disappointing year for followers of the Mayo Senior football team but for one Ballintubber man, the team’s scoring exploits in the qualifier game against Limerick on June 9, will be remembered for a long time to come.
Thomas McNally was in Corley’s Bar on that night socialising when loyal Ballintubber lotto seller, Eamonn Chambers, popped in to pick-up tickets on his way to the weekly draw, which was taking place in the Old Ground pub in Ballyglass.
Eamonn asked those in Corley’s if anyone wanted a ticket for the draw, and Thomas, although a member of the yearly lotto, said he would take one, and told Eamonn, ‘Sure do a quick-pick’!
Eamonn had just returned from the Gaelic Grounds after seeing Mayo’s easy 5-17 to 3-7 win over Limerick, and as he sometimes does, he decided to put down the four numbers from the score of the game 3, 5, 7 and 17, as a quick pick on the envelope.
And lo and behold, a couple of hours later in the Old Ground, when the balls were pulled from the drum, those four same numbers was chosen, netting Thomas a tidy jackpot of €13,200.
So last week, when the lotto returned to the Old Ground, Ballintubber club treasurer Adrian Burke was on hand to present Thomas and his wife Julie with their winning cheque.
Ballintubber club chairman, Seán Hallinan, said the story behind Thomas’s win was enjoyed by all.
“It was a real stroke of luck for Thomas as down in the Gaelic Grounds, it was Limerick who got the last two scores of the game, a point and a dubious looking penalty so Thomas might have to buy referee Niall Cullen a pint if he ever meets him!
“Of course, Thomas also has to thank his own clubman Cillian O’Connor for his part in the final score. Cillian scored 3-9 that day on his way to becoming the all-time top scorer for Mayo,” said Seán, who added that the club lotto continues to be a hugely important part of the running of Ballintubber GAA Club.
“It’s quiet simple, without the lotto, the club would not be able to function on a weekly basis. Our club spans a large geographical area of west Mayo and organising a weekly lotto among eight different pubs in the locality takes doing. The lotto committee give up large amounts of their time every weekend of the year to ensure tickets are first of all sold, then collected and brought to the public house where the draw takes place. We can’t thank them enough for their volunteerism.”
Seán went on to wish Thomas and Julie McNally and their family the very best of luck and wished them happy spending.