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Editor's 8.4m headline lotto win
The Griffiths family
Robert, Roger, Pat and David Griffiths raise a glass to their win

A weekly newspaper editor has become front page news after scooping 8.4m on the lottery.

Pat Griffiths, 48, of Abergavenny, south Wales, is celebrating with her husband Roger and two sons after winning Saturday's rollover jackpot.

She has already given up work at the Abergavenny Chronicle, deciding instead to invest her time and money in the family's 148-acre hill farm near Abergavenny.

Exotic tropical holidays or a move to a mansion are not under discussion, said Mrs Griffiths, who said she decided to go public with her win instead of being "outed" by an "eager journalist".

Thankfully I don't have to think of a headline - it would probably be something like 'whoopee, we've done it'
Pat Griffiths

"There does not seem any rush in going and looking for paradise when we have already got it here," she said.

The family are still reeling from the shock of the win.

Student sons Robert, 24, and David 22, learned of the good news in phone calls on Sunday.

"I was in Nottingham University yesterday afternoon when I got a phone call, my mum sounded very serious and a little bit shaky," said David.

"I was playing a game of Scrabble and she said 'are you sitting down?

"And then 'we have won the lottery'. I started to sweat," he added.

Robert has not been able to sleep since hearing the news.

Between them, the brothers have amassed 32,000 worth of debt.

Robert said: "It's nice not to have to wonder whether the rent cheque is going to bounce."

Mrs Griffiths broke the news of her win - and her resignation - to her work colleagues on Sunday night.

Her small team of three reporters will have to cope without her this week - but at least they have a good story for Thursday's paper, she said.

"Thankfully I don't have to think of a headline - it would probably be something like, 'Whoopee, we've done it'," she said.

Investment

Mrs Griffiths said future plans for the farm include investing in outbuildings, hedges and machinery.

"Things were tough with the farm when there was foot and mouth.

"We weren't directly affected but we couldn't sell any animals, there was a lot of struggle and we lost money.

"This now gives us a chance to get back on an even keel," she said.

The recent purchase of a second hand tractor had worried husband Roger.

But the family have now calculated they could buy 11,000 of them with the winnings.

Mrs Griffiths said her first purchase would be groceries because the family had not eaten properly since hearing the news.

Sleep has also been hard to come by the couple.

"Going to sleep is a problem," she said.

"You go to sleep, then half an hour later you wake up and say did this really happen - are we both having the same dream?" she added.

She said she always thought her numbers would come up, and had kept to the same ones since the lottery began.

"The last two numbers were the ages of me and my husband when it started," she said.

Her lucky numbers were 4, 8, 21, 24, 39 and 44.

Mrs Griffiths' win is the third largest jackpot prize to be paid out in Wales.

Ten days ago Mary Jones, from Bala, north Wales, won 9.3m with a lucky dip ticket.


SEE ALSO:
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12 Jan 04  |  South West Wales
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