Crumlin lottery millionaire’s advice to Olympic winners
A GWENT lottery winner will be one of a team advising 100 millionaires who will win big tonight how to cope with their new fortune.
Julie Avery, who shared £11,544,846 with her partner John Stinchcombe and friends John and Pearl Ackerman in 2006, was chosen by Camelot to be a 'millionaire advisor' to the largest number of winners the UK will have seen in one night.
Since scooping the jackpot, the 59-year-old and her partner bought their first house together in Crumlin and they are now planning a trip of a lifetime to America.
Ms Avery said: "My top tips for anyone who finds themselves as new millionaires tonight would be:
1. Take time to allow your win to sink in before investing money or giving to friends and family.
2. Take as much advice as possible before making any decisions on investments
3. Keep a contingency fund for emergencies
4. Always stay true to who you are.
5. Don’t feel it’s necessary to move away from your home or community This evening, lottery fever is expected to grip Gwent in a last-minute rush for tickets.
The EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle is part of an initiative by the National Lottery to thank players who have contributed £2.2 billion towards the staging of the London 2012 Games, the venues and infrastructure.
Tonight sees the draw coincide with the event's official opening ceremony.
“It’s fantastic to think that 100 people in Britain are set to become millionaires – it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games, and hopefully some will be from Wales!” Ms Avery added.
For residents whose numbers aren't lucky in the raffle, there is still a chance of a sizeable bank balance boost with an estimated £105 million jackpot in a separate EuroMillions draw.
Gwent lotto winners have included:
- Crumlin Pot Noodle workers- Rob Bailey, 40, his brother Dean, 46, both from Cwm, Steve Stinton, 59, from Blackwood and Alan Dodd, 57 from Pontllanfraith won £101,269, as reported by the Argus in May
- Newport mum Jenny Southall won £8.3 million in April 2007
- But Les and Samantha Scadding from Newport remain Gwent's biggest winners, scooping £45.5 million of Euromillions cash in November 2009