A KEEN fisherman from County Fermanagh has his sights set on a fishing expedition to Alaska after reeling in a cool £100k from a National Lottery Scratchcard.
Mark O’Donoghue from Enniskillen fishes every weekend in Lough Erne.
And he was definitely in the right plaice at the right time when he called into his local Mace store on Riverside to purchase a £2 Money Multiplier Scratchcard.
Now Mark, who has just turned 41 and originally hails from Dublin, is squids in after hitting the jackpot by matching three cash amounts of £100k.
Mark has been playing National Lottery Scratchcards since they were first introduced in 1995 and despite a number of small wins along the way, he never dreamt he would net a prize this big.
“I would normally buy a couple of Scratchcards every week,“ said Mark, “and I’ve had a few wins of maybe £20 or £50 here and there, but I never imagined I’d win a massive prize like this!
“When I matched the three big cash numbers I couldn’t believe my eyes. After checking it a few times and asking myself if this was really happening, I started jumping and shouting around the place like a mad man,” he joked.
Now things are going swimmingly for fisherman Mark whose full time job is as a pipe layer for Fermanagh-based civil engineering company Campbell Contracts.
He plans to buy a new house with his winnings and fulfill a lifelong dream to go on a fishing trip to Alaska, the most northerly state in North America which is world famous for its fishing.
“Fishing has been a real passion of mine since I became hooked from an early age,” said Mark.
“I’ve always dreamed of going fishing in Alaska and now, thanks to The National Lottery, that dream is about to come true.”
Mark isn’t going to be shellfish with his winnings either and plans to share some of his new-found fortune with his sister, who also lives in Fermanagh, and his two brothers.