24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A Clontibret lady scooped an impressive €36,000 in last Saturday’s Big Money Game on RTE television.
Joan Leonard from Coolarta, on the Monaghan-Armagh Border, earned her passage onto the National Lottery’s summer TV gameshow thanks to a scratch card purchased for her by her daughter Marie, a key member of the staff of The Northern Standard’s sister company R & S Printers Ltd.
Joan was watching the Olympic boxing events the previous week when her name was pulled out as a contestant – and received the good news via a telephone call from her late husband’s cousin Margaret Oliver – coincidentally a participant on the Big Money show on July 28.
Joan greatly enjoyed the experience of taking part in the programme, and was well fit for the banter with hosts Brian Ormond and Sinead Kennedy.
She said that she plans to share her good fortune with her family as they treat her very well. She has four children – Anthony, Marie, Carmel and Patrick – and ten grandchildren. Her husband Frank, a blacksmith, passed away five years ago.
It is unlikely that her Lotto good fortune will change the popular Clontibret lady’s lifestyle – Joan will go on baking her own bread every day, and continuing the cooking and jam-making activities that she enjoys.
Joan’s winning ticket was bought in the Dublin Road Service Station, Monaghan.

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