Lotto win teenager “will spend his money wisely” says Dad

October 27, 2014

The father of a County Down teenager who won almost £400,000 in the National Lottery described his lucky son as “a fantastic lad” who “will spend his money wisely.”

Sixteen year old Callum Fitzpatrick from Ballymartin became one of the youngest lottery winners in Northern Ireland after scooping the six figure jackpot during last week’s Saturday night big money draw (18th October).

The A Level student discovered his win as he watched the draw live at his Aunt’s house in Bryansford and said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he matched five numbers and the bonus ball.

After double and triple checking his ticket Callum says he cried tears of joy when he realised he had actually won and immediately phoned his dad to tell him the good news.

“I really couldn’t believe it as the first five numbers that were drawn out were all mine,” said Callum.  “Then I missed the sixth number 33 but got the bonus ball too.  It was really unbelievable and I got everyone in the room to check my ticket and check the numbers to make sure that I hadn’t made a mistake.

“When I finally realised it was true, I burst into tears but not for long, then I phoned my dad on his mobile to break the news.  He didn’t believe me at first but then he realised I was telling the truth,” he added.

Dad Colin said he was “thrilled” for his son.

“We’re very proud of him.  He wants to finish his A levels and go on to university so it’s wonderful to know that, at a time when most students are leaving university with a big student loan hanging over their heads, this win will give Callum a tremendous start as he ventures out into the big bad world,”

Callum, who is a member of Kilkeel Golf Club and plays Gaelic football for his local team Ballymartin, hasn’t allowed his huge win to go to his head and has quite modest plans for spending his windfall, including buying a car when he turns 17 and learning to drive.  The avid Manchester United fan also plans a few trips to Old Trafford this season too.

“Other than that, I don’t really have any other plans to spend the money.  I’ll give some to my family and save the rest for a rainy day,

“I’m lucky to have a great life and brilliant family and I don’t want the money to change any of that” added the level-headed lad.

Callum bought his winning ticket at the Tesco on Castlewellan Road in Newcastle and his  winning numbers were 1, 22, 30, 40, 47 and bonus ball 42.