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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
OAP gives away 3.5m lottery win
Bob Bradley
Mr Bradley said he wanted to make his family's 'dreams come true'.
A war veteran who won 3.5m on the lottery two months ago has given away his fortune.

Bob Bradley, 83, made donations to children's charities, and spent the rest on his family and friends.

Mr Bradley, from Llanelli, said: "I haven't kept any money myself. I can just give my family all they ever wanted."

Gifts included a 70,000 Mercedes car for his son Barry, 58, and a pet rabbit for his great-granddaughter.

"I have had my life more or less, so this win is for their benefit."

Mr Bradley, who took part in the D-Day landings, became the third oldest lottery millionaire after scooping 3,570,000 on his 83rd birthday in March.

Bob Bradley and his son at the cheque presentation
He has given generously to make sure the family is set up for life and the rest of the money has gone to charities
Geraldine Bradley

As well as the Mercedes, he has given his 16-year-old great-grandson a 25,000 motor home to transport his motocross bikes to races.

His 14-year-old great-granddaughter's only wish was an 8.50 pet rabbit.

Mr Bradley retired as a machine operator at the former Fishers car components plant in Llanelli, in the 1980s. He was widowed two years ago.

He is leaving his council home in Llanelli - but only to move in to the 500,000 five-bedroom home he bought for his grandson.

'Lovely and generous'

Mr Bradley, who was injured by a mortar bomb in World War II, said: "I want nothing for myself but everything for my family.

"I want to make sure their dreams come true. This win means my family will never have to worry about money - I'll set them all up with what they want and just enjoy doing that."

He said the joy of winning came from watching his family enjoy themselves.

"I already feel like I had won the jackpot before it happened," he said. "I had got good health and a wonderful family. No amount of money can buy that."

Bob Bradley and his family
Mr Bradley is planning to take all the family to Spain this summer

He has also invested cash in an expansion of the hair salon which his grandson Chris Bradley, 35, runs with his wife Geraldine, 36.

Geraldine Bradley said: "He has given generously to make sure the family is set up for life and the rest of the money has gone to charities.

"He's got a big heart and we all love him dearly. He is such a lovely and generous man and was determined to look after his charities."

Mr Bradley has also donated a huge proportion of his lottery win to children's charities worldwide.

He will not confirm which charities benefited but Oxfam and Save the Children are understood to have received donations.

Mr Bradley said he still plays the lottery once a week "to see if I can get some small change".




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