For lucky cou­ples

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Christie Ban­non @christieban­non_ christie.ban­non@me­di­awales.co.uk 01792 545522

WE all dream about what we would do if we sud­denly won a mas­sive sum of money on the Na­tional Lot­tery.

But for a se­lect few that dream has be­come a re­al­ity.

The in­stant cash in­jec­tion gifts win­ners with fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity as well as the op­por­tu­nity to splash out on things that used to be out of reach.

Here we take a look at some of the lucky Llanelli win­ners through the years.

SAN­DRA FOS­BROOKE AND KEN HENRY

San­dra Fos­brooke and Ken Henry, from Llanelli, cel­e­brated a £12.8 mil­lion win back in 2005.

Asda check­out worker, San­dra, and her meat packer part­ner Ken, re­alised they had won the sum of money af­ter check­ing their num­bers in a news­pa­per.

A neigh­bour said: “He drove down to Asda in Llanelli where San­dra is on the check-outs and told her, ‘I’m go­ing to tell you some­thing that will change your life.’”

San­dra was al­lowed to re­turn home by her man­ager and the pair had dis­cus­sions of­fi­cials.

The cou­ple planned to buy a new house, two cars and a villa abroad in Gran Ca­naria af­ter tak­ing a long break away.

San­dra is used to good luck. Her fa­ther Bob Cochrane from Peny­fan, Llanelli, won sev­eral thou­sand pounds on Lit­tle­woods Pools some years ago.

BAR­RIE BRADLEY AND HIS WIFE YVONNE

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cou­ple be­came mil­lion­aires af­ter Bar­rie’s dad, Bob, won a £3.5 mil­lion share in a dou­ble-rollover jack­pot on his 83rd birth­day.

The Sec­ond World War vet­eran, who took part in the D-Day land­ings and was later in­valided out of the forces af­ter be­ing in­jured in a mor­tar at­tack, won the money back in March, 2006, and gave all of it away.

Bar­rie and Yvonne were gifted with £1 mil­lion, while their son Chris and his fam­ily were also given £1 mil­lion. Gen­er­ous do­na­tions were also made to a num­ber of char­i­ties be­fore Bob sadly passed away 11 months af­ter win­ning.

The £1 mil­lion meant Bar­rie could quit his job as a wa­ter mains worker which saw him get up at 3am on a Mon­day and not get back home to Llanelli un­til Fri­day night ev­ery week.

It also al­lowed his wife Yvonne to give up her job as a fac­tory worker and the cou­ple moved house as well as treat­ing them­selves to a Range Rover, a Volk­swa­gen Golf turbo diesel and a Caribbean cruise.

Bar­rie, a fa­ther of one and grand­fa­ther of two, said he would ad­vise other Lot­tery win­ners to “keep their feet on the ground” if they had a big win and re­mem­ber their friends.

His wife added: “Money does make you have things you couldn’t have, but it up­sets you when you re­alise what you haven’t got.

“The best thing is that you can do what you like, go where you like and please your­self. The worst thing is you can’t have ev­ery­one re­lated to you with you.”

Pic­ture: Peter Bolter

Lot­tery win­ners Bar­rie and Yvonne Bradley.

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