£15m lotto winner responds to dad’s appeal

A LOTTERY winner has given his father financial help after a national newspaper reported he was close to losing his home. Ian Nash, 64, of Glebe Road in Letchworth GC, was facing financial difficulties according to a report in The Sun newspaper last mont

A LOTTERY winner has given his father financial help after a national newspaper reported he was close to losing his home.

Ian Nash, 64, of Glebe Road in Letchworth GC, was facing financial difficulties according to a report in The Sun newspaper last month.

His son Darren and his wife Gabrielle, from Stevenage, won the third-biggest Lotto jackpot in history when he scooped a £15million Superdraw on Christmas Eve.

When The Comet spoke to Ian's wife yesterday (Wednesday) she said Darren had now given them money and they no longer wanted to speak about the situation.

Darren's dad Ian was quoted in The Sun on February 22 as saying: "Darren hasn't given any of his family money. I'm on the verge of my house being repossessed as I'm in about £20,000 of debt.

"We've been told we'll either have to sell the house or it will be taken away.

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"When he first won I thought 'take your time' but it has been a while now and nothing has happened. Darren may still contact me and offer to pay off the mortgage and the debts but I just don't know if things will ever be the same with us again.

"Looking at it from my point of view he won £15million, so what difference would giving a quarter of a million to me or his brother make?"

Back in December Darren, who left his job as a car valet at Hitchin Audi after the Lotto win, said: "I've seen what other people have done with their winnings and I think we'll just look after the kids.

"I've been a valet ever since I left school but I've left my job now and this money is enough to safeguard my children's future. As long as the kids are all right, I'm happy."

The Comet was unable to contact Darren for a comment.