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Tuesday, November 17, 1998 Published at 16:09 GMT


UK

Win the lottery? Easy as pie

A ticket to prosperity for John Roberts

Unemployed Scot John Roberts was planning to spend his last pound on a meat pie.

Instead, he spent it on a lucky dip lottery ticket - and a £3m win was more than adequate compensation for missing out on the pie.

Mr Roberts, aged 30, was visting Glasgow with friends when he decided to spend his last pound on the ticket.

"I was actually going to buy a pie, believe it or not, but I bought a lucky dip ticket instead."

The father of five says he is still in a state of shock.

"We've got lots of plans for the money. My dream car is a Jaguar, so we might buy one of those, and we'll go house hunting as soon as we get the chance.

"I have always dreamed of having a Jaguar since I was a kid," Mr Roberts added. "My last car was just an old banger."

Unemployment benefit

Mr Roberts, who has been living on unemployment benefit in Edinburgh since being injured in a car crash three years ago, said he had still not got used to idea of having money since his £3,086,921 win.

"It feels weird now that I don't have to scrimp and save," he said.

Mr Roberts's mother, Mary, said the win could not have happened to anyone better.

"He can take me shopping. I want something out of it, maybe a new coat," Mrs Roberts said.

Sticky moment

But there was an awkward moment at a press conference held on Tuesday by National Lottery organisers Camelot, when journalists questioned Mr Roberts over reports that a relative was serving a life sentence for murder.

Mr Roberts shook his head, and the organisers said they would stop the conference if such questions continued.



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