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No cash splash for Lotto winner
Lotto winners Meredith Davies and Kate Chester
Meredith Davies and Kate Chester say the millions won't change them
He is the newest Lotto millionaire in Wales, but two weeks after picking up 2m, Meredith Davies is still working out how best to spend it.

The 33-year-old from Drefach, near Lampeter, is one of more than 100 millionaires created in Wales since the Lottery was launched 10 years ago.

He has ordered a new car for his girlfriend Kate, but has spent only a few hundred pounds in cash otherwise.

His jackpot is part of more than 450m paid out to winners in Wales.

But as the Lottery reaches its 10th birthday, it is not only the lucky punters with the right six numbers who have benefited.

Mr Davies is one of 106 millionaires created in Wales, where more than 700m in grants for good causes has been paid out.

The agricultural engineer said his good fortune is still sinking in.

Jim Jones and fellow lottery syndicate winners
Jim Jones and his syndicate of 26 won 600,000

He told the BBC Wales News website: "The phone has been ringing non-stop with congratulatory messages and the response from local people has been brilliant.

"But I still haven't had time to do anything with the money. I have only spent about 500 so far."

But he insisted that he had no plans for the money to change his lifestyle.

"I am back to work already," he said.

"I want to keep my business going - hopefully the money will help with that.

"I am a working class person, and I have always worked hard. I don't think it will change me much."

Welsh lotto good causes
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: 46.3m
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 31.7m
National Botanic Garden, Carmarthenshire: 22.2m
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea: 10.7m
Welsh Highland Railway, Caernarfon: 4.3m
Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis: 1.6m

Another winner is Jim Jones, who headed a 26-strong syndicate from Nantgaredig near Carmarthen which won more than 600,000 last year.

The group was made up of relatives, friends and staff who work at his retail business.

He is still also proudly unfazed by his windfall.

"Life goes on as normal, we just carry on as we did before," he said.

Highs and lows

"None of my staff has left the business because of the big win. We now get quite few more customers who didn't know we existed until we won the lottery."

As well as creating individual millionaires, the lottery has helped to fund a range of development projects across Wales.

For every 1 spent on a Lotto ticket, 28p is set aside for investment in good causes.

Some of the biggest lottery payouts in Wales have come from the Millennium Projects fund which paid for a third of the cost of the Millennium Stadium.

Meanwhile the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped pay for the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, and regeneration projects in areas such as Rhyl and Newport.

The most recent lottery funded project is the new Wales Millennium Centre, which is due to open later this month.

However, despite the millions pumped into projects large and small, things have not always run smoothly.

Stadium debts

Middleton, the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire, has struggled to attract visitiors and was threatened with closure in the past year.

And while the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has proved an undoubted success, it has left its owners, the Welsh Rugby Union, with a cash headache.

The union is in a continuing battle to service a debt of 60m for its share of the construction work.




SEE ALSO:
Farm worker's 2m Lotto win
27 Oct 04 |  South West Wales
9m lotto winner carries on working
09 Jan 04 |  North West Wales


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