first_imgA Letterkenny family are celebrating after a father gave his son a €1m winning lotto ticket.Odhran Doherty, who is just 23 years old, was given the lucky ticket by his dad Liam last weekend.The pair are very close and work together on the family farm at The Glebe, Letterkenny. The family never thought their numbers would come up but Odhran was left speechless on Saturday evening when he checked the numbers on the ticket and realised he was the only winner.Dad Liam revealed how he had bought three lottery tickets in the shop, one each for himself and wife Margaret and one for Odhran.Odhran was going to a party in the local Dry Arch bar at Bonagee that evening and called into the adjoining shop to check his ticket.Speaking exclusively to Donegal Daily dad Liam revealed “He rang me and said the ticket had said he was a winner. He checked with the guy in the shop but they said it was too big for them to tell him how much he had won. “He told me I had better come out. I thought it was an early April’s Fool joke or something. When I got out to him he came out of the party with his hands above his head and said he was a millionaire.“I took the ticket off him for safe-keeping and we realised later there was only one winner of the one million euro.”Mum Margaret says the family have been on a high since learning they won the jackpot.“He simply couldn’t believe it at first but it soon sunk in and he was just so delighted. I have a pain in my neck from all the hugs he has given me.“He’s a lovely big young fella and this will set him up now for life. We’re just so delighted for him,” said Margaret. Odhran is the youngest of three siblings.Eldest brother Shane is a pharmacist and has his own pharmacy in Manchester while sister Lana is a solicitor with a practice in Gorey, Co Wexford.Having put the ticket in a safe place Odhran decided he would call in on Barclay’s shop in Raphoe where dad Liam had bought the lotto ticket.Odhran spoke with owner James Barclay and asked him if he knew who the owner of the winning lotto ticket was. Mr Bartley replied he had heard some rumours but didn’t know who exactly had won the €1 million.Margaret added “That’s when Odhran stuck out his hand and told James Bartley that he was speaking with the winner. It sounds so funny but that would be Odhran alright.”A former pupil of Woodlands National School and St Eunans College in Letterkenny, Odhran is big into farm machinery and a new vehicle could well be on the cards with his new-found wealth.Mum Margaret added “We won’t let it go to his head. We’ll sit down as a family and we have two solicitors in the family so he won’t be short on advice.”The small border town of Raphoe in Co. Donegal has claimed its third big National Lottery win of the year, with a local shop selling last night’s Lotto Plus 1 winning ticket worth a massive €1 million!Barclay’s Newsagents in the Diamond, Raphoe, is certainly on a winning streak.This is their second big win in recent weeks.The sold a EuroMillions Plus winning ticket landing local man Charlie Meehan €500,000 in February.And in an incredible run of luck the Centra Store in Raphoe sold the winning Match 5 Plus Bonus winning ticket from the Lotto Draw on Feb 28th – nabbing that ticket holder a cool €98,068.Odhran’s one million euro winning numbers were: 8, 11, 16, 18, 20, 46 and bonus number 40.Breaking: Letterkenny family celebrate as father gives son €1M lotto ticket was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegallotto winnerOdhran DohertyRaphoelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools.The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students.The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) strongly support the bill and encourage Congress to pass it. Once enacted, the bill would make permanent the administrative changes in the school lunch program proposed earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in one of his first official actions earlier this year, supported giving school districts the option to offer a variety of milk types as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.“Congressmen Thompson and Courtney recognize the nutritional role that milk plays in helping school-aged children to grow and develop to their full potential,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We appreciate their steadfast commitment to reverse declining milk consumption by allowing schools to give kids access to a variety of milk options, including the flavored milks they love.”The legislation includes a pilot program to test strategies that schools can use to increase the consumption of fluid milk.  This could include ways to make milk more attractive and available to students, including improved refrigeration, packaging and merchandising.“Milk is the number-one source of nine essential vitamins and minerals in children’s diets, and when its consumption drops, the overall nutritional intake of America’s kids is jeopardized,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “When kids don’t drink milk, it’s extremely difficult for them to get sufficient amounts of three of the four major nutrients most lacking in children’s diets:  calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.”He pointed out that in just the first two years after low-fat flavored milk was removed from the school lunch program, 1.1 million fewer school students drank milk with their lunch. The Act also includes a provision to allow participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, to have access to reduced-fat milk for themselves and their children.“Expanding options for WIC participants will encourage mothers to help their young children grow up strong and healthy,” Dykes said.last_img read more

first_imgA call for a seven-hour bandh given by the Congress demanding the arrest of the culprits involved in the gang rape of a minor girl here on October 10 disrupted normal life in Odisha’s Koraput district on Monday.The Maoists had also given a call for a bandh over the same issue.Till Monday, the police had not been able to identify or arrest the four persons involved in the gang rape of the Class IX girl. The victim had alleged that the four men were armed and dressed as security personnel.The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Cell of the Odisha Congress has decided to take out a ‘padyatra’ from the spot of the gang rape at Musaguda to Koraput town. The ‘padyatra’ will start on Tuesday and culminate with a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police in Koraput on October 18, said former Congress MP Pradeep Majhi. Mr. Majhi and Koraput MLA Krushna Sagaraia will lead the ‘padyatra’. Due to the bandh call, most shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and offices remained closed in Koraput from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vehicular traffic came to a complete standstill. Passenger buses and trucks remained off the roads. However, no untoward incident was reported during the bandh. Congress leaders like Jeypore MLA and chief whip of the party in the State Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Koraput MLA Mr. Saharia, former MP Mr. Majhi led Congress supporters and picketed in different parts of the town. Mr. Bahinipati demanded a compensation of ₹50 lakh for the victim and said the government should bear the cost of her future studies. The Congress leaders have threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands are not met. The Maoists, who have a presence in Koraput district, had also called for a Koraput bandh on Monday. They have condemned the gang rape and denied their involvement in the crime. The CRPF, the BSF and local police have already denied the involvement of their personnel in the incident.last_img read more

first_imgDREAM TEAM: (From left) Dravid, Kumble, Akram and Younis will represent AsiaThe stunning millennium stadium in Wales, originally meant for soccer and rugby, is becoming an increasingly popular venue for another unlikely sport: international indoor cricket or power cricket.The retractable roof allows play in England’s unpredictable weather, which is why,DREAM TEAM: (From left) Dravid, Kumble, Akram and Younis will represent AsiaThe stunning millennium stadium in Wales, originally meant for soccer and rugby, is becoming an increasingly popular venue for another unlikely sport: international indoor cricket or power cricket.The retractable roof allows play in England’s unpredictable weather, which is why DP Cricket, a sports marketing agency, is planning a power cricket tournament on January 25 and 26 between Asia and the Rest of the World.Asia will comprise six Pakistani and six Indian players, including Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inza-mam-ul-Haq, Azhar Mahmood and Shahid Afridi from Pakistan, and Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia and Virender Sehwag from India.The Rest of the World team will include Courtney Walsh, Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle and Lance Klusener. It doesn’t get better than this. Last year’s match – when it was held for the first time – lived up to expectations.Says Walsh, former West Indies captain: “I am delighted to play in the international indoor matches at the Millennium Stadium. I have fond memories of playing Test and county cricket in England – but not the time spent in pavilions waiting for the rain to stop. Indoor cricket guarantees action for players and fans alike, and is an exciting way forward.”Exciting or not, the shorter version of one-day cricket is certainly gaining popularity. Each game lasts approximately five hours and in power cricket rain never stops play.last_img read more