Another year of major prize money in Rovers lotto
When Eamon Hargadon hit the Sligo Rovers jackpot just before Christmas with his €14,300 payday, it brought to €36,000 the amount paid out by the club in prize money in 2014. A couple of years ago Eamon had won the Tesco ‘Match 3’ voucher in Sligo Rovers weekly lotto draw, and he was delighted to go one step further and land the top prize.
“I have been using the same numbers for years, 1, 10, 14 and 19, based on my Grandmother’s birthday of 10th January 1914, and now my lucky numbers have come up for twice for me on the Rovers lotto. When Jarlath Mulligan broke the news to me, I thought he was joking at first. When the penny dropped that he was serious, I could hardly believe it. The timing in the lead up to Christmas couldn’t be better!”
Eamon was acknowledged to be one of the most skilful junior footballers in Sligo, and he played with the Sligo Rovers Reserves for a time. “I had the good fortune to play under four excellent coaches, great soccer men, each of whom have sadly passed away: Gerry Mitchell, Willie Hudson, Martin McLoughlin and Jim McGarry Senior.”
Eamon has also fond memories of supporting Rovers over the years; “I remember in 1983 travelling to Flower Lodge with two friends for the first of the famous Cobh cup ties. It was an awful day, we were soaked, and after the game I bumped into my good friend Fago and we ended up travelling back to Sligo on the team bus.”
PSO staff are loyal supporters of the Rovers lottery, and Eamon points out that this is the second jackpot in a row to be sold by Martin Cawley in PSO.
Sligo Rovers Chairman Joe Burns congratulated Eamon on his success; “It is extra special when a regular lotto subscriber wins the jackpot, and Eamon has been a loyal customer for many years. The club lottery is one of our most important fundraisers, and it certainly exceeds any comparable lottery in terms of jackpots and prize-money. It also provides members of the community who may not be avid followers with an opportunity to support their local club.”
Rovers Lottery Administrator Frank Beirne believes the frequency of jackpot wins explains its enduring popularity, and says the club is always looking at new ways of enabling people to play; “People can buy a ticket in the normal way from our lotto stand or from one of our agents, they can buy an annual lotto card and an increasing number of subscribers are playing online, which is a great way from Rovers supporters living or working away from home to take part.”
If you have friends or family living away from home, why not tell them about Rovers online lotto?
Eamon Hargadon being presented with his lottery jackpot cheque with Martin Cawley, (who sold the winning ticket), Rovers legend Tony Fagan and Lottery Administrator Frank Beirne.