For lucky couples
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.”
Lottery winners Barrie and Yvonne Bradley.