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I have PS14million in the bank but I would rather sink money into being a plumber; FOUR MONTHS ON LOTTERY-WINNER GOESBACK TO SCHOOL TO FINISH HIS GAS TRAINING school finish trainingHandyman On the beach? I'd prefer to fix a boiler.

Byline: Graeme Donohoe

After winning PS14million on the lottery, handyman John Doherty was handed the chance to fulfil his wildest dreams.

But just four months later, Euromillions winner John has decided to splash out - on going back to school to get his plumbing badges.

The 52-year-old is committed to continuing his career after renewing his official five-year Gas Safe qualifications last week.

Wearing black overalls, John parked his new 2016-plate black Mercedes van, emblazoned with his JDPS Plumbing Ltd logo, to be put through his paces at a training session.

The Sunday Mail snapped John, of Elderslie, Renfrewshire, arriving at the P&J Training centre in nearby Johnstone at 8.30am on a dark and cold Wednesday morning.

He had spent PS780 for the four-and-a-half day course required by law to ply his trade as a gasman.

Asked if he'd not rather be sunning himself on a tropical beach, down-to-earth John insisted: "No. I'm still working away. Absolutely nothing has changed. I still enjoy doing what I'm doing.

"I only still do this because I enjoy it. It keeps your feet on the ground and I'm still the same person I was before I won it.

"Early starts don't bother me at all. I've always done it and I've been doing it for 32 years."

He added: "I'm doing my re-assessment. Every five years you've got to renew your CCN1 certification so you can keep doing all your gas."

put in a " The dad of two landed a of work building a business PS14,671,343 windfall with wife Alison, 50, when their six numbers came up on July 2. Thrilled Alison told how she only decided to buy the winning lucky dip ticket after watching a customer she'd let go ahead of her in the queue buy one at their local Nisa convenience store.


Why should I walk away from that? The couple's win came a day before they were due to go on a family break to Florida with children Ryan, 20, and Laura, 12. So they hid the golden ticket in a lantern at home before alerting lotto bosses after returning from the two-week holiday.

Fellow plumbers attending courses at the P&J Training centre were stunned to be rubbing shoulders with a millionaire.

A source said: "Everyone's been laughing that obviously the first thing you'd spend your windfall on if you won the lotto is a plumbing course in Johnstone.

"Fair play to John but I think I'd be enjoying long lies and wondering what beach I was going to jet off to today.

"But he's been first in and last out every day and has been getting stuck in. He's got no airs and graces and with him renewing his gas badges, it's clear he wants to carry on working."

John told the Sunday Mail he has no intention of quitting his day job.

He said: "I am who I am and nothing changes me.

I've got all my regular customers I've had for 32 years and I didn't want to just leave them.

"I put in a lot of work building a business for myself so why would I just walk away from that? Lots of people still recognise me when I'm out on jobs - but I can't complain, all I've had is good reactions."

He added: "I'd love to talk a lot more as I'm proud of my business but it's just my wife's worried about doing any more publicity. She worries about the kids and stuff like that.

"We don't want too much attention because Laura is only 12 and we also don't want to shove it in people's faces."

P & J Training are a small charitable organisation that for almost 50 years have helped thousands of trainees into gas engineering apprenticeships.

Jackpot winner John was a general handyman but completed a PS6000 six-month course in 2011 to take on more specialised gas engineering work, including fitting boilers and central heating.

Bosses at the workshop hailed John as a model pupil.

Manager Eleanor Pratt said: "He's definitely the first lottery winner we've had doing a course.

" John's been getting on great. He's a fantastic student. We'd very much describe him as a model pupil and from what I can gather nobody's got a bad word to say of him. He's accommodating and just a lovely gentleman.

"He's just finished doing his renewals again so that's him sorted for another five years."

She added: "John first came to us five years ago to do a six-month self-funded BPEC-credited Gas Foundation course.

"I think until then he was a general handyman.

"For someone to take six months out of their working life to commit to a new career without an income coming in speaks volumes for John's commitment to this.

"The certification lasts five years and every single Gas Safe engineer out there has to renew their ticket every five years.

"So not only have we trained John to become a domestic gas engineer, he is now renenewing his ticket again five years down the line.

"We're pleased to have him back with us.

"I'd like to think if I won the lottery and I was in John's shoes, I'd still be doing something workwise."

CARS, HOUSES AND HOLIDAY IN MAGALUF Scotland has seen its fair share of lucky lotto winners whose lives have been changed thanks to the luck of the draw. But the nation's newly made millionaires have taken wildly different approaches to spending

John McGuinness, a 46-year-old from West Lothian won PS10million in 1997.

In a tale of rags to riches, to rags again, the ex-hospital porter blew his winnings on flash cars and a string of failed investments.

He declared himself bankrupt in 2005, and in 2008 gave up his PS750,000 mansion.

After scooping PS161million on the Euromillions in 2011, Colin and Christine Weir donated PS500,000 each to the SNP.

The couple, from Largs, Ayrshire, also donated a further PS1million to the Yes Scotland campaign ahead of 2014's indy referendum.

Britain's youngest ever Euromillions lotto winner, Jane Park became a millionaire in 2014 at the age of 17.

The ex-chip shop employee from Edinburgh was slammed for having tacky taste after spending her winnings on breast enhancement surgery and a trip to Magaluf.

David and Carol Martin, from Hawick in the Borders, were unveiled as winners of half of a record PS66million jackpot in January.

The couple, both 54, said the first dent in their new PS33million fortune would be a first-class flight home for their daughter, Lisa, 26, who lives in Australia.

I put in a lot of work building a business for myself. Why should I walk away from that?


MORE THAN JUST A PIPE DREAM John leaving the training centre last week, left, the Mercedes he bought, right. Main pic Jamie Williamson

CHEQUE IT OUT The massive winnings John and wife Alison picked up this year

WINNERS . John and Alison
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