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Euro Millions lottery winner wants 'normality'

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Irish housewife Dolores McNamara wants to return to normality as soon as possible, her solicitor said today as she collected the biggest jackpot in European Lottery history.

After four days of hiding, the Limerick housewife finally braved the attention to collect her €115 million (US$136 million) bumper check.

The mother of six, from Garryowen in Limerick, looked bewildered as she was escorted into the National Lottery offices.

Mrs McNamara was alongside her solicitor, David Sweeney, as he said: "Dolores is absolutely thrilled with her win but realizes that it will take some time for the implications of her win to sink in.

"Up to now, Dolores has lived a very happy and contented life among her family, friends and neighbors and it is her sincere desire that she and her family will return to normality as soon as possible."

Mr. Sweeney, who was sitting beside the 45-year-old woman, added: "She is absolutely determined that her feet and the feet of her family will remain firmly on the ground. To achieve this, she will need the support of her friends and she knows that she can rely on this support."

Mrs McNamara remained silent as she collected her winnings, accompanied by a close family friend Paddy Tobin, whose brother owns the Track Bar in Limerick, where she celebrated her win.

But the petite woman was all smiles as she was presented with a bouquet of purple and red flowers and finally took possession of the infamous giant sized novelty check with the final figure of 115,436,126 euro inscribed on it.

Mrs McNamara wore a white jacket, white leather handbag, dark trousers, newly-styled blond hair and perfectly manicured nails, as she smiled for the cameras.

Asked had the win sunk in yet, Mrs McNamara shook her head and smiled.

With a wry smile, Ray Bates, National Lottery director, revealed this was Mrs McNamara's first time to ever buy a Euro Millions Lottery ticket.

Mr. Bates said thousands of euro had gone to charities across the eight European countries involved due to the huge number of tickets purchased for the bumper jackpot.

Mrs McNamara joked that she was married as the Lottery director planted a kiss on her cheek.

After three days awaiting her entrance, four lottery officials had installed barricades to ensure her safe passage into the building past the waiting crowds of onlookers.

One man, Soura Amadou, from Nigeria, stood for hours in the hope of handing Mrs McNamara an envelope with a video of a charity in Africa.

The 36-year-old said: "I wanted to give her information on a charity, I have an envelope with a video in it. The charity works to improve water in rural areas in Nigeria."

However, there were many others who only stopped to catch a glimpse of Ireland's latest multi-millionaire in the hope that some of the luck might rub off.

Mary Rochfort, 64, from Kilcock in Co Kildare, said she waited for several hours to wish Mrs McNamara luck with her winnings.

"She arrived and I said to Dolores 'Good luck and good health to you'. And she said 'Thank you' as she walked by.

"She was very pleasant and she looked much better than in the pictures of her celebrating on Friday night."

The mother-of-six abandoned her small white house on St Patrick's Road in Limerick on Saturday as she began to realize the enormity of the win.

Father Terry O'Connell, who administers Mass only yards away from the McNamara's £105,000 (€150,000) white terrace house, said it was going to be difficult for her to re-settle in the house she abandoned on Saturday.

Mrs McNamara spent several days hiding in luxury at the Moran's Silversprings Hotel, near Cork, with her husband Adrian, several of her children and friends.

After her hideout in Cork was rumbled, the housewife traveled to the capital late last night to the Red Cow Hotel in preparation for collecting her check.

Mrs McNamara has enjoyed a makeover over the past few days as she waited to pick up her jackpot.

In the Cork hotel, Mrs McNamara had treated herself and several other women in her group to makeovers, which included getting their hair colored, facials, manicures and make-up applied professionally.

Mr. Sweeney has said the housewife's first priority is her husband, Adrian, and their six children, Dawn, 28, Kim, 22, Kevanne, 20, Gary, 26, Dean, 15 and her 13-year-old son Lee.

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Posted: August 4, 2005, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

Yeah Right, remain normal. Best of luck lady, but get real. Her life, as she used to know it, is gone forever.

If nothing else, the leeches will ensure that. Ask that clown in WV about being normal.

 

 

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    Posted: August 5, 2005, 9:41 am - IP Logged

    Her life will never be normal again.

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      Posted: August 5, 2005, 11:18 pm - IP Logged

      She's holding on to the clarity

      While keenly she eyes the disparity

      In what's gone before

      Now she's got so much more

      For Nigerian spammers and charity.

       

      Jack

       

       

       

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        Posted: August 6, 2005, 1:04 am - IP Logged

        Normality is hardly something you can have after winning 130+ million in cash unless you're last name is Gates.

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          Posted: August 6, 2005, 7:03 am - IP Logged

          I think I would hesitate to give money to anything associated with Nigeria.

          If I would give to charity, it would be through reputable organisations. 

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            Good luck to her! In the short term She needs to move to the colonies for say three years then start spending summers back in Ireland. Her life has changed forever and the way people will perceive her has too be it a stranger from Nigeria trying to scam millions or an auld friend from the bar.
            My prayers are with her and especially her children I hope she doesn't become the worlds Jack Whittaker.
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              Good luck to her! In the short term She needs to move to the colonies for say three years then start spending summers back in Ireland. Her life has changed forever and the way people will perceive her has too be it a stranger from Nigeria trying to scam millions or an auld friend from the bar.
              My prayers are with her and especially her children I hope she doesn't become the worlds Jack Whittaker.

              I'm not certain medical science has advanced to the point of making a woman into a man.... lots of extra stuff to cut off and sew on.............. But I suppose she could at least have a name change.  Seems unlikely she'll do it, everything considered.

              Jack

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                Posted: August 7, 2005, 2:32 pm - IP Logged

                She's holding on to the clarity

                While keenly she eyes the disparity

                In what's gone before

                Now she's got so much more

                For Nigerian spammers and charity.

                 

                Jack

                 

                 

                 

                nice.

                         

                              Normality Mrs. McNamara can surely forget

                              As her winnings have placed her amid

                            The greedy, the needy, the' I want what she's got'

                            A lesson she will surely regret

                                                          Sad Cheers

                litebets

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                  Litebets writes:

                  Normality Mrs. McNamara can surely forget
                  As her winnings have placed her amid
                  The greedy, the needy, the' I want what she's got'

                  You don't have to be a lottery jackpot winner to attract that crowd, just put your e-mail address in your profile and they will come a calling.  That's reason I removed mine from my profile.  I was surprised the numbers of beggars and spammers that came to this site looking for people to separate from their money.  Before I removed my e-mail from my profile, I would get letters from non members who said they had seen my post and needed money or wanted me to join their schemes to win a lottery in another state or country.  Ms. McNamara problem is ever body that read the papers knows the street lives on and the pub where she drinks.           

                   

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    If she wants the life that big bucks bring, she is going to have to move some where that big bucks is the norm. When surrounded by the people with real big bucks, she won't even be noticed. Sotheby's has a web site that lists property even PN/MM lottery winner can't afford (http://www.sothebysrealty.com/index.asp).

                    Cheers

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                      Posted: August 8, 2005, 7:21 am - IP Logged

                      She's holding on to the clarity

                      While keenly she eyes the disparity

                      In what's gone before

                      Now she's got so much more

                      For Nigerian spammers and charity.

                       

                      Jack

                       

                       

                       

                      nice.

                               

                                    Normality Mrs. McNamara can surely forget

                                    As her winnings have placed her amid

                                  The greedy, the needy, the' I want what she's got'

                                  A lesson she will surely regret

                                                                Sad Cheers

                      litebets

                      Thanks litebets.

                      When I read yours is caused me to let the potential for Garryowen drift through my mind.... I'm not sure many people know it's and Irish drinking tune adopted by the 7th Cavalry.... There's a greater-than-middling possibility it was being played by the regimental pipers as Custer went into battle for the final time.  The tune is still in use in the modern 7th Cav if that unit is still active.

                      Anyway, it's a lilting melody.  I've been toying around with the idea of putting a stanza together about Mrs. McNamera to the tune of Garryowen, but I won't.  Silly enough to do it at all, but sillier yet when it would never be played outside my head.

                      But I'll bet there's someone in Ireland, or in the 7th Cav already doiing it.

                      Jack