Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Unemployed £4.5m lotto winner: I’ve never been abroad

Celebrating: Seamus Duffy
Celebrating: Seamus Duffy
Seamus Duffy from Greysteel and his partner Carmel Rodgers
Seamus Duffy (49) from Greysteel, County Londonderry, who is the latest lottery jackpot winner scooping £4.5 million
enny Bradley(left) owner of the Spar in Garvagh where the ticket was bought with shop manager Sinead Costen at the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly.
Seamus Duffy's father Eugene and mother Mattie at the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly
Lottery winner Seamus Duffy and his partner Carmel Rogers

Northern Ireland’s latest Lotto millionaire Seamus Duffy is dreaming of spending his £4.5 million jackpot on visiting exotic and far-flung destinations — but only once he’s applied for a passport.

For the 49-year-old has never travelled further than England despite a desire to visit the US and Australia.

Now, every luxurious resort in the world is within the unemployed digger driver’s budget as he works out how to spend the mammoth £4,593,096 cheque handed over yesterday.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph as the cheque was presented by Camelot officials, an emotional Mr Duffy revealed he had never owned a passport — but was definitely going to apply for one now.

“As far as I ever was was England, I was five years in England. I have to get a passport. I always wanted to go to America and I have an uncle in Australia, so I’ll probably be able to go to them places now,” he said.

The new millionaire also has a big family circle who he has promised to spoil with his shock windfall. A father of six from two different relationships, he’s also the eldest of nine siblings.

And less than two years ago he became a grandfather.

He has vowed to buy a new home close to his native Greysteel and settle down with his fiancee Carmel Rogers (52).

“It’s hard to take in. I’ve worked on building sites all over, and over in England, and I’ve never really settled down proper but I can now,” he said.

“I’ll be staying within the county, this is still my home place — I won’t change my ways.”

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