A Championship footballer has hit the big time after winning a millionaire lottery raffle back home in Ireland.
Kevin O'Connor, 22, who signed for Preston last year, returned for a few days with family and friends over the New Year after he learned of his big win.
After collecting his million euro jackpot in the National Lottery offices in Dublin he revealed that his mother Breda urged him to check his ticket after hearing the winning numbers were sold locally.
Preston and Ireland defender Kevin O'Connor won the millionaire lottery raffle over New Year
'After some searching, I sent them a picture of the ticket but I never really believed that it was the winner of the one million euro prize,' he said.
'We had a game with Middlesbrough on Monday night so I completely put it to the