EuroMillions Winners Les and Sam Scadding shared the jackpot with a syndicate in the UK in draw number 300 on 6th November 2009. The winning EuroMillions numbers were 11, 19, 34, 43 and 45, while the Lucky Stars were 5 and 9.
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The EuroMillions winners spoke at a press conference shortly after the win at a Cardiff Bay hotel and left on a £1million yacht loaned for the day. Les drank a champagne toast with second wife Samantha, 38 at the time, while still wearing a pair of scuffed black loafers with holes in the soles. He was speaking of his joy at winning the £45,570,835.50 EuroMillions lottery jackpot five years after having testicular cancer. It was only through the television and radio reports of their father’s big day that two of his three children actually found out about him having the winning EuroMillions numbers and pocketing the fortune.
Les said: “When I went to the cashpoint before going to Tesco to buy two lucky dip EuroMillions tickets I was £68 overdrawn. I went back to the store to check the ticket while buying some groceries on Saturday because we had no food in the house – we were starving. “The machine made a funny noise and printed a slip saying contact the lottery office. I thought I’d won £50,000. I’d have been over the moon with that.” Les hit the EuroMillions lottery jackpot after losing the set of numbers he usually used, and bought two lucky dips instead. He added “I just asked for two lucky dips. Those two lines, one won £7.68 and the other £45.5 million”.
The EuroMillions winner admitted “This Christmas is going to be fantastic. I’ve never owned a new vehicle in my life and the Range Rover is my dream car. I want it to be black with ivory interior.” He also joked “Nobody has asked me for any money yet – mind you I will turn my phone on at some stage.” Les lost his job as a mechanic and lorry driver in December 2008. He had been helping out as Sam’s driver for the business she runs from their terraced home in Caerleon, near Newport in Gwent.
Les, who has six grandchildren, discovered he had cancer just two years after meeting Sam. He said “I’m lucky to be here today even without my winnings. “But this is incredible. We can pay off debts, get rid of the mortgage and buy another home in Wales – but we won’t take it for granted. We’ve some lovely friends and family and don’t want them to turn their backs on us. “I’ve been a kept man and now Sam is going to be a kept woman.”
The EuroMillions lottery winner predicted he would win the lottery one day. He explained “I always said it is not if I win the lottery but when I win it. My daughter lives in Abu Dhabi and every time we speak she says “Have you won the lottery yet, dad?” He added “I rang her at the weekend and when I told her the whoop was just incredible.”
Les’s two grown-up children in the UK had both had a massive shock listening to the news of their fathers EuroMillions lottery jackpot. Nicola Whelan said later “I was driving to Asda when I just heard his name suddenly mentioned on the radio and how much they said he had won. I had to pull over and then I just got out of the car and started screaming. “I rang to congratulate him but he was in the middle of a press conference with me screaming down the phone.” Nicola, who lives with husband James and young sons Ryan and Jake, in Crewe, Cheshire, added “It’s funny to think that he’s in the list of the richest 100 people in Britain right now.”
Les’s son Daniel was working when a television camera zoomed in on his father. “I couldn’t believe it. I was at my client’s house and the TV was on in the background. I will be seeing him to join the celebrations” he said, adding “If anyone deserves it he definitely does. He has worked so hard all his life.”
Les’s former boss at the haulage firm which made him redundant the previous Christmas said that his ex- workmates were ‘ecstatic’ for him upon hearing the results of the EuroMillions draw. Penelope Pitt, manager of MDW Haulage in Newport, said “I told him we’d take him back as soon as work picked up, but I don’t expect to see him any time soon now.”
Sam revealed that her late father Roger had a heart transplant and she intended to make a donation to the hospital that treated him while Les wanted to make a gift to a cancer charity. Les’s ex-wife the and the mother of his children, Rose-Marie Jones, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, said “I’m absolutely delighted for him. Our children are all very excited about his big win – it’s wonderful.”
Les decided to play EuroMillions at the same Tesco store on a Newport retail park where cinema worker Jenny Southall bought her £8.3million winning ticket in 2007. He and Sam did the normal thing, splashing out on cars and property (including a property in Barbados), but they later had another reward that money cannot buy. As the now-chairman of Newport County, Scadding got to sit in the Royal Box at Wembley and watch his team take on Wrexham in the Conference play-off final. The winners re-joined the Football League, which in Newport’s case would be in their centenary season and after an absence of 25 years.
He said “I thought, ‘I like this’ and became a director. I didn’t realise how restricted they were financially. I just wanted to be involved and I’m glad I did, I needed to have a focus in my life. It’s OK playing golf and having a life of luxury but believe me it does get boring. This has given me a focus – get up in the morning, do what I want, then go down to the ground, get involved. I’ve got the time, no work commitments. So it’s every boy’s dream I suppose.”
A few years on, the EuroMillions winners are now divorced much like fellow EuroMillions winners Dave and Angela Dawes who divorced two years after their October 2011 win. Sources close to the pair said that while the exact reasons for the split remained a mystery, Sam had been spending months refurbishing the couple’s £2million villa in Barbados while Mr Scadding remained at their home in Gwent.
Other friends said she had undergone a radical transformation in her appearance in the months leading up to the breakdown of her relationship, losing weight and changing her hairstyle. Sam is 21 years younger than her now ex-husband. One said the bubbly former management consultant, who goes by the surname Peachey-Scadding – an amalgamation of her maiden and married names – spent much of her time at the couple’s holiday villa. Mr Scadding was content to remain at the couple’s gated £1.5million mansion outside Usk, Gwent.