Millionaire Dublin Bus drivers arrive at Lotto headquarters to claim prize
Cheers, applause, balloons and a long red carpet greeted 22 new millionaires at Lotto headquarters this afternoon.
The 21 bus drivers and one bus inspector arrived, appropriately, in a glistening double decker bus with a garda motorcycle escort.
The bus drivers, who daily ask passengers for €2 or €3, were able to demand a fare of €23.8m from the Lotto chiefs today.
The men from Dublin Bus and their partners stepped jauntily onto the red carpet on Lower Abbey Street and walked passed a battery of photographers on their way into the building.
One man punched the air with his fist as he skipped out the door of the bus.
One of the women who stepped off the bus had a black see-through veil covering her face.
The man with the job of driving the winners to their huge fortune was Les Murphy (52) from Phibsboro.
"There was great crack on the bus. I know every one of them. I picked them all up at the Aisling Hotel," said Les, who was not a winner himself.
"All the winners are male. There were some very happy faces on board," said Les, a regular on the 220 bus route.