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Preston North End's Kevin O'Connor wins Irish lottery

Sun Online Desk     3rd January, 2018 09:28:32 printer

Preston North End's Kevin O'Connor wins Irish lottery


An Irish footballer has scored his first big victory of 2018 by winning a millionaire lottery.


Preston North End's Kevin O'Connor was visiting family in Ireland when he found out he had won a million euros.


His uncle Peader Murphy bought him the Irish National Lottery ticket as a present from a shop in Castlebridge, County Wexford on 14 December.


He said he had "no immediate plans" for the money and his "main focus" was helping his team climb up the league.


The defender said he had been told to check his numbers by his mother Breda after she heard the winning numbers had been sold locally.


The windfall came two days after O'Connor was an unused substitute in his side's 3-2 defeat by Middlesbrough on New Year's day.


O'Connor, who signed for the Championship side in July after helping Cork City win a league and cup double in the Irish Republic, added it had been "an incredible two days".


"I don't think the win has sunk in yet," he said.


"I have no immediate plans but it will take a few days before we make any decisions.


"The important part of today was having my family with me, so they will be at the forefront of any plans."


The 22-year-old, who is originally from Wexford, has represented his country at under-21 level.


Preston face Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday in the FA Cup third round, reports BBC.