Football fan reveals he has only bought a vac since hoovering up £1m on lottery

A Norwich City football fan who won £1 million on the lottery has said his only purchase 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.

Terry Falgate celebrating his £1 million win on the UK EuroMillions Millionaire Maker at The Garden Room, Coltishall, Norfolk
Terry Falgate celebrating his win on the UK EuroMillions Millionaire Maker at The Garden Room, Coltishall, Norfolk (Chris Ratcliffe/Camelot//PA)

Mr Falgate said that a new Dyson, costing him almost £500, 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 twenties, 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”.

Terry Falgate celebrating his £1 million win on the UK EuroMillions Millionaire Maker at The Garden Room, Coltishall, Norfolk
Mr Falgate is a Norwich fan (Chris Ratcliffe/Camelot/PA)

He said he does not regularly buy lottery tickets and decided to do so while walking his golden Labrador Harvey to the shops, where he was buying burger buns for dinner.

Mr Falgate’s win “just makes life a little easier”, he said, adding that he was “elated and shocked”.

“It was a normal Friday in the pub, having a few beers, watched Norwich lose again, checked the lottery ticket after the loss and found out we’d won,” he said.

“It wasn’t the best of games to be fair but it was all good in the end, for me anyway.”

He continued: “I’ll admit, I’d had a few at that point so I had to get my mates to double check on their phones that the numbers were right.”

Mr Falgate said he checked again the following morning, believing it could have been a dream.

“I hope I will still be me, it just makes sure that my children will have a better future,” he said.

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