14, 2013 at 9:09 AM ET Video: Will and Donna Seeley are two of the 16 members of an office pool who hit one of the biggest jackpots of all time. Will says his father now has nothing to worry about in terms of paying for his cancer treatments. With his outspoken manner and long, shaggy hair and beard, Will Seeley resembles a reality-TV star. But dont expect this new millionaire to show up on cable television or remain in the spotlight any longer than necessary. Weve only been like this for a couple of days. I dont know if I want to go through this for the rest of my life, he told TODAYs Matt Lauer on Wednesday about all the recent attention showered on him. I would rather be in my cabin up in the woods. During a news conference held a day earlier for the 16 winners of an Ocean County, N.J., office pool who chipped in for the Aug. 7 Powerball drawing worth $86 million, one of the games biggest jackpots in history, Seeley stole the show. The group now affectionately referred to as Ocean's 16 a play off the popular "Ocean's 11" movie franchise ended up with one of the three winning tickets, securing Seeley and each of his co-workers each $3.8 million after taxes. Seeley stood out during the news conference as much for his appearance (he also wore a T-shirt featuring the Duck Dynasty reality show) as for his outspokenness. While at the microphone, he described his co-workers as a happy, happy, happy bunch and joked that he showed up wearing "my best outfit." But Seeley also spoke seriously about one of the first great site things he did after learning he had won: visit his father, who has cancer and just started a second round of chemotherapy and radiation. I just told him, you dont have to worry about nothing financially except getting healthy and beating cancer, Seeley told Lauer. Seeley mentioned that he had lost his mother to cancer years earlier. Wearing the same sunglasses and floppy, pin-adorned straw hat that he had sported during the news conference, Seeley told Lauer he didnt learn he was a winner until after most of his co-workers because he got into the office late after finishing a work-related task. When I got to work, they all pulled me inside, and theyre all cheering. I thought, Wow, they finally found a way to get rid of me now, you know, he joked. Seeleys wife, Donna, said she doubts her husband's newfound wealth will change him. Not all all, she told Lauer. Hes Willie. Hes going to stay Willie. Seeley sounded ambivalent about his future plans, suggesting he may continue to work, but perhaps not in his current job. But then again, I just might disappear into the woods and hunt and fish every day, he said. Im going to do what I want to do, he added, before turning to his wife. We can do what we want to do.
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As she received her cheque with anticipated excitement, it was then that the disappointment and unwelcome changes to a once sheltered life began. Her phone rang constantly, like a warning siren, as the cold, self absorbed relations, who usually took months to make contact, suddenly flooded her life with an eager presence. She seemed the center of everybody's attention; something that had never happened previously within her bickering family. Aunt Jean, who had just only six months ago, refused to pay her back a long outstanding loan, now shrilled such deafening delight down the telephone, expressing how readily she was for a holiday. Her own mother, who had made a multitude of excuses to cancel Maeve's eager visits, now spoke of taking a trip with her somewhere, to further discuss how she would divide the money between everyone. Maeve slipped her weary head onto the cold, hard dining room table as she slowly began to sob. A pile of letters as high as the ceiling, stood towering over her; dominant and as bold as a fierce lion. The media frenzy had drawn various people from all corners of the country; to write various pleas for help. For the first time in her thirty year old existence, she felt afraid to be in her very own home. Privacy and anonymity was a distant faded memory, as the world hounded her relentlessly for daily for answers. The knock had arrived late one night. An eerie echo filled the humble, quaint cottage, as yet another violating rap on the tiny door, sent shivers down her spine. It was nearly midnight. Maeve lived alone. She knew it was a bad idea, but something compelled her to open the protective door.
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Pic: HEMEDIA/SWNS GROUP A project to save a derelict Glasgow hospital chapel and turn it into a support centre for cancer patients has been voted Best Heritage Project in the UK. Actor and supporter Ricky Tomlinson paid a visit to the facility to deliver the good news to staff and patients. Ricky, 73, spent several hours chatting to volunteers and cancer out-patients at the newly-restored Gartnavel Chapel Cancer Support Centre. The historic building was transformed from a derelict shell into a modern facility providing counselling and complementary therapies. The 1.5m restoration beat world famous landmarks such as the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and The Giant's Causeway to win the National Lottery Award for Best Heritage Project 2013. Ricky was guest of honour as the centre was unveiled as the public's favourite Lottery-funded heritage project. He said: "It's fab, isn't it? It's beautiful. It's not at all what I expected. It is light and vibrant and beautiful. "I have been talking to a couple of people. I was talking to one old lady who had been bad with cancer and now she is cured. She is a volunteer and comes here and gives something back. They are quite passionate about it." The actor said that after his day trip to Glasgow he would be returning south in time to see England take on Scotland. He said: "I set off this morning and I'm back tonight. Out of here before the football. "Football fans are really passionate, both from Scotland and England. That's the same passion I have seen here. Passion is a wonderful thing if it's channelled in the right direction." Gartnavel Chapel was designed by architect JJ Burnet and was built in 1904, but fell into disrepair and lay derelict for 11 years. But it was saved after the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, with the help of 365,000 of National Lottery funding, stepped in to have it fully restored. It now houses the new Calman Cancer Support Centre run by Cancer Support Scotland, which provides a lifeline to patients and their families and carers.
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But it was Seeley -- kinda channeling The Dude from the Big Lebowski -- who got all the attention. He joked that he'd showed up to the press conference in his best outfit and after appearing to knock over a microphone, noted he could afford to fix it. As for what he plans to do with his share of the winnings? Retire to a log cabin on "multiple acres of land" and watch NASCAR, he said. "First party is at my cabin!" Watch a video of his performance above. We're pretty sure The Dude abides. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Stephen Feinberg, Cerberus Capital CEO Stephen Feinberg is CEO of Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns Freedom Group, the country's largest gun manufacturer and owner of the Bushmaster brand. Cerberus announced on Tuesday that it plans to sell its stake in Freedom Group. Adam Lanza, 20, used a Bushmaster rifle to murder 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre is executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the gun industry's top lobbying organization. George Kollitides, Freedom Group CEO George Kollitides is CEO of Freedom Group, the country's largest gun manufacturer, which owns Bushmaster. P. James Debney, Smith & Wesson CEO P. James Debney is president and CEO of Smith & Wesson, a major U.S. gun manufacturer. William M. Keys, Colt's CEO Lt. General William M. Keys has served as CEO of Colt's Manufacturing Company, a major gun manufacturer, since 1999. C. Michael Jacobi, Sturm, Ruger & Co. Chairman C. Michael Jacobi is chairman of Sturm, Ruger, & Co., a major gun manufacturer. Walter McLallen, Marlin Firearms Chairman Walter McLallen is chairman of Marlin Firearms, a major gun manufacturer, which is owned by Freedom Group. John DeSantis, Bushmaster Firearms President* John DeSantis is apparently still president of Bushmaster Firearms, which is owned by Freedom Group.
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