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02/04/13 Ireland's latest Lotto Millionaire, Simon Fagan from Castlebellinghan, Co. Louth pictured picking up his cheque at Lotto HQ, Dublin this afternoon. Simon won over EUR3.5 million with a EUR6 QuickPick ticket in last Saturday nights Lotto draw... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

02/04/13 Ireland's latest Lotto Millionaire, Simon Fagan from Castlebellinghan, Co. Louth pictured picking up his cheque at Lotto HQ, Dublin this afternoon. Simon won over EUR3.5 million with a EUR6 QuickPick ticket in last Saturday nights Lotto draw... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

02/04/13 Ireland's latest Lotto Millionaire, Simon Fagan from Castlebellinghan, Co. Louth pictured picking up his cheque at Lotto HQ, Dublin this afternoon. Simon won over EUR3.5 million with a EUR6 QuickPick ticket in last Saturday nights Lotto draw... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

LOTTO winner Simon Fagan may be Ireland's most eligible bachelor – but he has no intention of surrendering to the charms of ladies seeking a millionaire husband.

"I've spent 38 years without them and I can go another 38 years without them. They've stayed away – and they can stay away now," he told the Herald.

Simon (38), who won the €3.6m weekend jackpot, said he will continue to live with his mother Patricia, father Simon and three brothers at their home in Darver, Castlebellingham, Co Louth.

His father joked: "Can't get rid of him! I can't see him going anywhere else."

Mother Patricia said her son is sharing the jackpot with her, and that all seven of her children will get to share in the prize.

She confirmed that Simon will be staying put in the family home with his brothers Martin, Stephen and youngest Robert (22). "Maybe I might get a wife for them now," she laughed.

Despite having millions of euro at his disposal, one of Simon's wishes is to remain in his €208 a week community employment scheme temporary job at the local GAA Darver Centre of Excellence, which is the training ground for Louth teams.

Redundant

"I'd love to stay on. I mark the pitches and tidy the dressing rooms. If I'm allowed to stay, I won't keep the €208 a week," he said.

Simon knows the value of having something worthwhile to do since being made redundant from his job as a storeman at a local transport company three years ago.

He indicated that he knows what it is like trying to get by on very little money, saying his €8,000 redundancy payment was "the biggest cheque I ever got in my life." But yesterday he was presented with a cheque for €3,595,558.

He arrived at Lotto headquarters with a group of 24 relatives and friends.

"On Saturday last, I was heading to the shop to play Lotto, and Mam said to make sure to do a line for her, as normal, so this win is shared between both of us.

"Living at home, we're very close and it's the icing on the cake that we've won this great prize together," said Simon.

He said he intends to share his good fortune with his family members and "the change will be fairly low after that".

But it's not his first Lotto win – he won a Match 5 Lotto prize of €1,500 some years ago.

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