Sunday 26 January 2020

Fan Terry cleans up after his £1m win

Terry Falgate raises a glass
Terry Falgate raises a glass

A Norwich City football fan who won £1m (€1.18m) on the lottery has said his only purchase since his win has been a Dyson vacuum cleaner which he described as "unbelievable".

Agricultural contractor Terry Falgate had just watched his team lose to Watford on TV at his local pub when he looked on his phone and saw that he had won.

The 48-year-old said he bought a round of drinks for everyone in the Sutton Staithe before walking home to Stalham, Norfolk.


He won with a £2.50 lucky dip ticket in the EuroMillions draw on November 8, the night that his team lost 2-0.

Mr Falgate said that a new Dyson, costing him almost £500 (€593), has been his only purchase, replacing his old pull-along vacuum cleaner which broke the week after he won the lottery.

"I'd had an argument with it," he said.

"I went to empty it, the lid snapped, stuff went everywhere, and I thought I can now go and buy a different hoover. It's all I've bought."

The separated father-of-two said he "wouldn't have looked" at the top-of-the-range model before his win, adding: "They are unbelievable."

He plans to keep his Peugeot 308 and stay in his mortgaged three-bedroom semi, though he will search for "something with a little bit more of a garden for me and the dog" in the local area.

Mr Falgate said he will help his two daughters, aged in their early 20s, with house deposits and will eventually reduce his hours at work - though he is continuing for now as he did not want to leave his employers "in the lurch".

He said he does not regularly buy lottery tickets and decided to do so while walking his dog to the shops.

Mr Falgate said his win "makes life a little easier".

"It was a normal Friday, having a few beers, watched Norwich lose again, checked the lottery ticket and found out we'd won," he said.

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