Bernadette Lynch and James Ferry have each won the National Lottery wheel of fortune £250,000 top prize.
Of the five finalists spinning the National Lottery wheel of fortune in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Bernadette Lynch from Dublin and James Ferry from County Donegal each won the £250,000 jackpot.
Still dazed by their instant fortune, both winners appear on 'The Late Late Show'. Neither had contemplated winning more than £5,000.
Grandmother of six Bernadette Lynch lives in O'Casey Avenue, Rutland Street with her husband Andrew. She works as a cleaner in Store Street Garda Station but will not be handing in her notice any time soon,
I’d rather be working.
Bernadette Lynch buys two lottery tickets a week in Summerhill. Her good fortune has not sunk in yet, but knows she will share her winnings with her two daughters. She has never been abroad and admits to be afraid of flying,
I won’t go now in case I lose my money.
James Ferry, a retired ganger with Donegal County Council is unmarried and lives near Letterkenny with his two brothers on their farm. He bought his winning ticket in Charlie Bonner's in Dungloe.
James Ferry does not think this big win will change his marital circumstances and has nothing earmarked for his £250,000. Like Bernadette Lynch he does not want to take a holiday,
I was never a great man for going away on holidays.
James Ferry and Bernadette Lynch are presented with their £250,000 cheques before they are ushered away for some champagne.
This episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ was broadcast on 18 September 1987. The presenter is Gay Byrne.