Imagine breaking it off with your boyfriend, then finding out that he won £10 million on the UK Lottery? This is exactly what happened to Julie West recently. For the full story, carry on reading…
Paul Long and Julie West had been together for five years when they decided to go their separate ways. After the split, the father of three moved out of their house in Romford, East London, on February 1 to Wickford, Essex.
As an avid Leyton Orient supporter he purchased the UK Lottery ticket after Orient’s 3-0 win over Woking. He also happened to bump into his ex while buying the uk lotto ticket.
But as fate would have it, the two ex-lovebirds were not going to be celebrating winning the lottery, as both had moved on with their lives by then, and well, neither of them knew that Paul had a winning ticket in hand at the time either.
Speaking to lottery officials and the media, Paul said, “Let’s be honest, if I was with someone and you’ve just split up and they go and win £10 million on the lottery, you’re going to be gutted aren’t you?”
He did however say, “You never know, I might take her for a holiday or a meal.” Not exactly the millionaire lifestyle though, now is it?
The lucky UK Lottery winner collected his prize wearing a replica shirt from the East London club and said: “This is going to be one hell of an exciting adventure.
“I try to go to most home games and this was our first win since Christmas so I was feeling pretty chuffed — not half as chuffed as I’m feeling now.”
It’s not the first time that we’ve heard of couple’s just missing out on their ex partners winning the lottery. The former partner of a £107.9 million Euro Millions winner was on her honeymoon when he won his jackpot but wasn’t bitter about missing out.
It’s not always doom and gloom though, another man from Wiltshire in England planned to split his £80,000 National Lottery scratch card prize with his girlfriend, even though they’d only been together for three weeks. Now that’s risky!
As for Paul Long, he has already spent some of his winnings on trading in his old Ford Fiesta for a Ford Eco Sport. He also assured the press that he is on good terms with his former partner, and she won’t be missing out completely.
It’s his children, one daughter and two sons that will benefit the most out of the UK Lottery win though, making sure that each of them are financially secure for the rest of their lives.
“The future is going to be very rosy, but it’s not just my journey, I intend to take everyone on the journey with me,” he said.
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