"After some searching, I sent them a picture of the ticket but I never really believed that it was the victor of the €1 million prize". A raffle ticket that matches that number was sold in south central Kansas, according to a Kansas Lottery spokesman.
His godfather Peadar Murphy bought O'Connor an entry into the Christmas Millionaire Raffle as a present and he was one of the lucky winners on New Year's Eve.
The winning number is 119664.
The shops' proprietor, Louis Flannagan, greeted the defender upon his arrival to validate the ticket and was thrilled to have the millionaire winning ticket to come from his store.More news: Cameron White replaces Chris Lynn in Australia's ODI squad for England series
Raffle tickets may also be checked at any Kansas Lottery retail location, including Check-A-Ticket machines, or by calling the Kansas Lottery at 785-296-5700.
Two lottery players are feeling like a million bucks, as New Year's Day luck would have it. All prizes up to €15,000 can be collected at any Prize Claim Centres nationwide.
Lottery officials said late Wednesday that the winning ticket was purchased in Kootenai County.
O'Connor - instrumental in Cork City's league and cup double before being sold to Preston North End last summer - enjoyed a hero's welcome when he validated the ticket on Tuesday morning. The spokeswoman stated in the grand prize drawing, the numbers, 000001 to 196672 were all eligible to win a prize.