The winner of a brand new apartment in Cork city has said the prize makes a “big and positive” change to his life.
Gerard Woods, originally from Killorglin in Kerry, won the WinAGaff competition, which was organised to raise funds for three Cork sports clubs.
Nine thousand tickets were sold in the past six months or so, at €100 a pop, with people keen to win the two-bedroom apartment in Ballintemple.
Mr Woods, who is currently living in Myanmar, was announced as the winner of the coveted prize in recent weeks.
“I entered the competition online on the second reminder from my brother Liam Woods in Ballincollig,” explained Mr Woods.
“It was a few months back and he felt I was due a bit of good luck.
“I plan to stay in Myanmar for the foreseeable future, so I will rent the property and longer-term I may use the equity to buy some additional property in Ireland,” he added.
“I am delighted to win this prize and it certainly makes a very big and positive difference in my life.”
Hundreds of thousands of euro was raised for three Cork clubs, Douglas GAA, Kinsale AFC and Cork City FC, following the huge success of the WinAGaff competition.
Aidan O’Connor, chairperson of Douglas GAA, admitted he was surprised at the success of the competition.
“Tickets were on sale for around six months and I was actually worried in July and August when people were on holiday and that, with the amount we sold.
“But the number of tickets that were sold in the closing week was colossal,” he added.
“It’s a life-changing prize.
“We won’t know the final score raised shall we say for a while until we consider all the costs for marketing and prizes as well.”
Douglas GAA plans to use the proceeds to develop floodlighting and improvements to its pitch, while Cork City will invest in its youth academy and community projects. Kinsale AFC says the money raised will improve its ageing facilities after the numbers involved in the club trebled in just five years.
The second prize, a Toyota Yaris, went to Kieran Minehan of Ballinlough while third prize, €1,000 went home with Sheila Murphy of Whitechurch.