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A man from Bridgwater has become the latest winner in the Thunderball lottery draw, and can’t wait to spend his winnings on his one true love… all things Disney.

Stuart Andrew Sussex, 28, won the Thunderball’s top prize of £500,000 in the draw on June 6th, and said that he has his lucky numbers to thank. Mr Sussex has been playing the same two lines with his lucky numbers ever since the Thunderball lottery began, and he plays them on all three weekly draws as well as buying a lucky dip ticket for the UK Lotto on Saturdays.

Discovering that he was a winner, Mr Sussex said that he was delighted to have his family around him so that they could begin celebrating straight away. At a family birthday party for his sister-in-law, Mr Sussex checked his numbers online using a family member’s phone, and because he knows his numbers off by heart he knew instantly that he had won.

The lottery winner said that the party then became a double celebration for the whole family. “We ordered a couple of bottles of champagne on a tab,” he said.

Mr Sussex is a self-confessed Disney fanatic and he wasn’t shy about telling lottery officials exactly what he plans to do with his winnings. With the first item on his wish list a Disney cruise, Mr Sussex explained that he has always wanted to try a cruise and see what it was like.

“My mum and dad have been on a few cruises and always enjoyed them, so I thought it would be nice to try,” he told lottery officials on collecting his prize. Mr Sussex said that despite previously visiting Disneyland Paris four years ago, he would love to go again.

The lottery winner also plans to use his winnings to buy his father a new car, as well as a family home for his brother and sister-in-law who have three children. The winning Thunderball numbers for the draw on June 6th were 1, 13, 18, 23 and 34, with the Thunderball number 14.

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