The parents of Lottery winner Seamus Duffy said they are delighted for their eldest son — adding that they hopeful he will spend his new-found fortune wisely.
Eugene and Mattie Duffy from the rural townland of Killywill near Greysteel yesterday joined in the celebrations at the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly.
The couple, who have been together for over 50 years, said they were stunned when they heard about their son’s windfall.
Mrs Duffy, who celebrates her 67th birthday today, said: “It was a shock all right. We never expected a week like this.
“Seamus phoned me and he said, ‘Are you standing or are you sitting down?’ Then he said, ‘I have won the lottery’. I said, ‘No, you couldn’t have’ and he said he was positive and he had been up all night checking the TV and the computer and then he told me how much it was. It still hasn’t really struck me yet.”
Earlier at the hand over presentation yesterday there were emotional scenes as Seamus spoke of how close he and his five brothers and three sisters were and how his father had recently been ill.
“There are not many people who can say they have been 50 years together. Me and my brothers and sisters, we are all very close. They have been very good to me,” he said.
Along with their nine children, Mr and Mrs Duffy also have 20 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Eugene Duffy (78) said he was delighted for his eldest boy.
“He never had money and he has money now. I hope he will buy himself a good house which he never had. He said he is going to see to the family and set them up and give them a good start.
“Our family is very close and none of them have gone too far away.”
His wife Carmel said: “I hope he spends it wisely and keeps something back too for later on.”
Seamus bought the winning ticket in the Spar shop on Main Street in Garvagh, Co Derry. Store owner Kenny Bradley and Sinead Costen, shop manager, yesterday said they were delighted that their regular customer had hit the jackpot.