It’s four years since Peter Congdon from Cornwall, England became a UK Lotto winner. Since his big win of £13.5m he has used his windfall to help himself, his family and local groups.
When Peter landed his victory, he initially thought it was worth just £25. Then his daughter double-checked his ticket and discovered it was actually worth £13.5m. No wonder the surprised UK Lotto winner says: “I couldn’t believe it then and I still can’t really believe it now.”
His UK Lotto win has been used to help many other people. His three children now all have new mortgage-free houses and brand-new cars. His ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with another on the way) will also receive similar gifts.
His first donation was to the Merlin MS Centre in Cornwall. There were personal reasons as his late wife Rosemary suffered from MS for 33 years. He asked them what help they needed and bought them a £1m high-tech anti-gravity hydrotherapy pool.
The pool building opens next month and will be painted primrose with Primrose flowers planted outside as they were Rosemary’s favourite. He also got a lottery winning tattoo in memory of his late wife.
His generosity continues as he loans out his fleet of flashy cars for school proms in return for a donation to the Merlin MS Centre. The local Tregolis School fireworks display has been paid for by Peter for the past three years.
He’s treated himself too though with purchases including a £30,000 gold watch and a helicopter trip to Cheltenham racecourse. Soon after his win, he went on holiday to Butlins in Minehead and now has two static caravans there.
As is the case with many lottery winners, he received lots of begging letters wanting help. They came from all over the world asking for money to pay for everything from a wedding to a coffin.
When asked how much of his UK Lotto win remains, he joked: “I’ve got enough for this week.” Who knows the 71-year-old may even win the lottery again as he still plays every week.