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£12.8m Lotto winner takes over Carmarthenshire pub

Ken Henry and Sandra Fosbrooke celebrating their Lotto win
Sandra Fosbrooke and partner Ken Henry won £12.8m on the Lotto in 2005

A former supermarket checkout assistant who won nearly £13m on the lottery five years ago has become the landlady of her local village pub.

Sandra Fosbrooke, 48, and her factory machinist partner Ken Henry, 62, scooped the Lotto jackpot in May 2005.

But she has relinquished her life of luxury to take over the tenancy of The Stag in Five Roads near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire after it closed.

She explained: "When the chance came to take over the pub I jumped at it."

"I was a bit fed up with doing nothing and there's only so many holidays you can take.

When we won the Lotto we found we had lots of new friends, but they didn't last long
Sandra Fosbrooke

Ms Fosbrooke went on: "I was determined to keep my feet on the ground and at the same time put something back into the community."

The pair have been all over the world on exotic holidays celebrating their lottery win.

They have a holiday home in Spain and have bought houses, cars and foreign holidays for close relatives.

But the former Asda worker has now relinquished that to pull pints and serve up meals at the former mining village pub.

Now she works a seven-day week at the pub just a short drive from her home.

The Stag pub in Five Roads, Llanelli where the lottery winner is now the landlady
The Stag pub where the lottery winner is now serving behind the bar

"It was a shame when the pub shut and I decided to try to revive it," she said.

Ms Fosbrooke now runs the pub with her son Matthew and his partner Debbie Bradder, who are both 23, and Debbie's mother Carol, 48.

She added: "I'm loving every minute of it, my family are all helping out too and the village social life is on the up since we reopened."

The couple have only moved a few miles from their terraced house, and Mr Henry went back to work as a £5-an-hour bingo caller at his local rugby club before their win, saying it was "a bit boring being a multi-millionaire".

Worth millions

"When we won the Lotto we found we had lots of new friends, but they didn't last long," explained Ms Fosbrooke.

"But we managed to keep all our old friends because we have stayed the same people and not put on any airs and graces.

"Our friends realise we are still the same people we were before our win and we have been fortunate to retain their friendship."

Villager Graham Jones said his local pub is now "really homely" and "sociable" and has "put the life back into the village".

"You would never think from the way that Sandra bustles around that she is worth millions - but that's the sort of person she is."



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