Humility is a virtue and 52-year-old plumber John Doherty has it in absolute bucket loads.
The dad-of-two won £14,671,343 on July 2nd to be precise, but kept it quiet as he’d set-aside a vacation toEverglade State along with his better half, Alison, and his youngsters.
The winning slip was kept safely under a lamp reception till they came back and got it verified.
But despite his bank account now being swollen with cash, John says he couldn’t just give up work altogether.
“I really enjoy my work – I’ve been doing it a long time. I want to stay grounded. “I’ve got a lot of loyal customers and I don’t want to let them down. I’m doing stuff that was arranged before all this happened.”
John set up his own pipes and warming building business in 1984 and says he couldn’t envision simply sitting in the family home throughout the day doing nothing.
“I’m just off up the road to service a boiler I fitted,” he said. “My customers are older people and they’ve treated me just the same after the win which is what I want.”
“I will treat myself once it’s all settled down a bit. I’ll probably slow down a wee bit, too.”
Apparently the only reason the Doherty’s got the winning ticket was because Alison allowed someone ahead of her in the queue at her local Nisa. That person then bought a Lucky Dip ticket and so Alison thought she might as well, too.