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€3.6m winner Simon says he's staying with mammy

HE has surely become one of the country's most eligible bachelors after collecting a cheque for nearly €3.6m – but Lotto millionaire Simon Fagan (38), says he has no plans to move out of his parents' home any time soon.

"I'm not going anywhere. Of course it will change my life but I'll be staying home," said Simon, who joked that he had managed to do without a woman in his life for 38 years. "They stayed away and they can stay away now."

The GAA umpire from Darver, Castlebellingham, Co Louth, arrived at Lotto head-quarters yesterday with a party of 24 family and friends to collect his jackpot winnings from Saturday, which he scooped with a €6 Quickpick ticket.

"It hasn't really sunk in, if it ever will," said Simon, who intends sharing his big win with his parents, Simon and Patricia, his three brothers – all of whom also live at home – and his three sisters.

The win couldn't have come at a better time for the ardent football fan who lost his job three years ago at Louth Transport where he had worked as a storeman.

After discovering he had scooped the jackpot he threw a "hooley" in his local pub, McCloskey's, before going out the following day to umpire a GAA match for his local team, St Josephs. Simon, who is currently doing a FAS training course as a grounds keeper, said he would love to continue the work when his course ends in four months' time.

As champagne corks popped yesterday, his mother described the last few days as "mad" in the Fagan household.

"Talk about the woman in Fr Ted," Patricia said in reference to the Mrs Doyle character in the TV sitcom. "I've made hundreds of cups of tea in the last few days.

"It's been a mad few days and we just want to get back to normal, whatever normal is now. I just want to go back home and do my garden and other bits and pieces."

With four sons staying at home, she joked that maybe she might get a wife for them now.

"He'll (Simon) stay at home. I wouldn't see him ever moving away," Patricia added.

The latest Lotto millionaire is not planning any major holidays either, but as a keen snooker fan he is considering heading to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield for the World Championships this weekend. Thoughts of eventually winning the Lotto had been frequently on his mind, though.

"I didn't like school and wasn't the best of pupils but I always said it would be lovely to win the Lotto. If it happened to me it could happen to anybody," he added.

Irish Independent