A total of 20 clubs had winners in the first monthly Laois GAA €130 county board ticket draw held on Friday night.
Despite the circumstances this year, there was an increase in ticket sales.
In total the Laois GAA clubs sold over 8,200 tickets combined which is up on the 7,650 tickets last year.
This give the clubs a total combined profit of over €824,000 compared to €732,665 last year.
In all, over €1 million worth of tickets were sold by the clubs (the first time to ever break that threshold) meaning it was worth close to €125,000 for Laois GAA.
Because of restrictions on gatherings due to the Coronavirus outbreak, club delegates weren’t allowed to attend.
The draw was streamed live on Facebook by Laois GAA, with two members of An Garda Siochana acting as the independent observers.
Alan Stephenson from Rosenallis scooped the top prize of €10,000 while there were a total of 20 clubs represented among the 35 winners in all.
Joe Moore from Stradbally won the €5,000 second prize while Martin Whelehan from O’Dempsey’s took the third prize of €3,000.
There were also two prizes of €1,500, one €1,000, nine €500 winners and 20 €250 winners.
O’Dempsey’s had four winners pulled from the draw while Abbeyleix and Clonaslee had three each and Stradbally, Courtwood, Borris-Kilcotton, Ballypickas, Park-Ratheniska, The Heath, Mountmellick and Camross all had two winners apiece.
Mountrath, Ballyfin, Kilcavan, Emo, Ballyroan-Abbey, Crettyard, Annanough, Portarlington and Rosenallis all had one winner each.
This draw, which has been running since 2000, is a huge annual fundraiser for the clubs.
Depending on a club’s status there is a levy of tickets they have to sell with all of that money going to directly to Laois GAA.
But once they go past the levy, €115 of each ticket sold goes to the clubs.
There will be three more draws this year – one next week and then again on the first Friday in June and July.
The full list of winners is published below.