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Maurice starts the New Year with more Sports Bond success
Uploaded Monday, 9th Jan, 2023 at 08:13

THE first Sports Bond draw of 2023 had a familiar feel to it for one of our Sports Bond agents.
In the month of December 2022 Maurice Anderson had a £1000 jackpot win and in the last 3 weeks had a £50 major winner. Maurice made it four in a row when one of his members William McCombe (A3847) was a £50 major winner in the draw. It was a first £50 win for William.

It was also a first major win for Ballymena United supporter Rab McConaghy (A2274). Rab, who is Belfast based, pays his membership by standing order.

In the £10 minor section all the winners were previous winners. The were Wallace Barkley (B9027), Agnes McKeown (A0932) and Paul Bleakley (A1773). No jackpot was recorded with the numbers 3, 4, 13, and 24. The jackpot for this week is £300 in 2023 make a resolution and join Sports Bond on 07831 803970.
Agents News
Sports Bond and Ballymena United were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Robert (Roy) Stirling. Roy was the father of George Stirling, proprietor of the Moby Chip in Cullybackey. Roy passed away after a courageous battle against illness over the past year. George and his staff at the Moby Chip are long standing members of Sports Bond and George has been a prolific sponsor of the club in recent years. To George and his family and brother Robert we send our heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time.

We also send our deepest sympathy to Sports Bond member Davy Gordon, proprietor of The Hawthorn Inn in Portglenone. Davy was bereaved of his wife Brigid. We also extend our sympathy to their sons and their families.

Sports Bond also extends our deepest sympathy to Sports Bond member Mary Galbraith who was bereaved of her husband Frank after a short illness Mary is a member on Maurice Anderson's agency. This has not been a good start to the new year for these families and we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

However on a different note we are delighted that Sports Bond member and Sky Blue supporter Trevor Armstrong has undergone surgery and has now returned home. We hope that his recuperation is successful and he is back at the Showgrounds soon.
First Score
The winning time at Taylors Avenue on Saturday was 69 minutes. As yet, we have no claims. If you hold a 69 minute scratchcard then contact Brian Thompson on 07831 803970.

On Tuesday First Score will be at The Oval for the replay of the match abandoned in the Autumn. On this occasion £20 will be added to the normal £30 to make a First Score of £50, in the light of the cancellation of the previous First Score. Should the winner be a previous winner this season then that person will receive a double success on the first £30 only.
New Year's Draw - Sam's Yer Man
This year's winner of the New Year Draw was Sam Allen a Stalwart supporter of Ballymena United home and away over the season. The winning ticket was drawn out by Sports Bond agent Margaret Downey. Margaret sold over 20 ballot books for the second year in a row, an incredible feat. For that she was given the honour and responsibility of drawing the winning ticket which meant Sam won £200 sponsored by Sports Bond. Congratulations to Sam and a huge thank you to Margaret for her marvellous contribution.

The second prize was drawn by Sports Bond agent Sammy Bones who sold 10 books in the draw, with the prize of £100 Marks and Spencer vouchers won by Yvonne Wylie of Glenshesk Drive, Ballymena. Thanks to the Wylie family for their support and well deserved Yvonne, enjoy spending your prize!

Margaret Downey drew the third prize, a £100 voucher from TM Flooring, which was won by Andy Wallace. A ticket she had sold herself. Fourth prize was drawn by Sammy Bones, which was a meal for two at the Castle Kitchen and Bar sponsored by Galgorm Manor. This was won by Mark Willighan of Glenariffe crescent on a ticket sold by Margaret Downey. Fifth prize was drawn by Darren Hume and Sky Blue supporter and Spirit of 89 Chairman David McCaig was the winner. David won the 2 tonne hydraulic floor trolley sponsored by Telstar Marketing. The 6th prize was drawn by Mark Johnson and the family cinema ticket was won by Pamela Anderson, wife of Sports Bond agent Maurice Anderson. 7th Prize was drawn by Jonathan Nevin and was won by Rodney Crawford. Rodney won £30 sponsored by First Score.
The full list of winners is as follows: -
  • 1. Sam Allen - 0701
  • 2. Yvonne Wylie - 1530
  • 3. Andy Wallace - 0355
  • 4. Mark Willighan - 0324
  • 5. David McCaig - 0721
  • 6. Pamela Anderson - 0522
  • 7. Rodney Crawford - 0905
  • 8. Tommy Patterson - 0411
  • 9. Mervyn Francey - 1561
  • 10. Billy Lynn - 0282, Alfred McDonald - 1501
  • Promoter Brian Thompson would like to say a sincere thanks to all who participated in this year's draw. Once again it was a marvellous success however it was hampered by the mail strike which meant a number of ballots arrived late and could not be entered. These have been contacted.

    Particular praise must be mentioned of Margaret Downey, Sammy Bones, The Moby Chip, Alastair Shaw, Darren Hume, Brenda Russell and Mark Anderson who made significant contribution in sale and distribution of tickets.
    Ballymena United Calendar 2023
    Due to excessive demand an additional supply will be available this week and will be on sale at the match with Dungannon Swifts. If you want to reserve a calendar and have it delivered please ring Brian Thompson on 07831 803970.

    The calendars cost £7 for one or £12 for two, and if you're a Sports Bond member you pay only £5 for yours.
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