It’s been 14 years since Ben Woods won £2.5 million on a UK Lotto and the lucky lottery winner is now reflecting on how winning the lottery changed his life.
2004 was an amazing year for Ben Woods as he went from working as a rail guard to an instant millionaire all thanks to the fact that he took a chance and bought a lottery ticket.
The UK Lottery winner from Wirral found himself holding the winning lottery ticket and remembers vividly the amazing feeling when he was told that he had won.
Just after the win, Ben gave others the chance to win big too by handing out free lottery tickets to train passengers at Port Sunlight Station. He didn’t just hand out free lottery tickets though, he also decided to hand out free travel tickets as well.
“We were buying travel tickets for passengers and also handing out lottery tickets. Some people were a bit shocked and didn’t want to get involved but some people were really, really grateful. Others were mainly surprised.”
And travellers were even given a glimpse of the high life that could be waiting for them when the red carpet was rolled out for them to walk into Port Sunlight Station.
The reason behind the idea was to mark the announcement that drivers, including train drivers, had made the ‘Luckiest Profession’ list, alongside builders and construction workers, administrative staff and those working in engineering or manufacturing.
According to the National Lottery, 1,500 drivers have been big prize winners since the National Lottery began.
Spending on luxuries
At the time of the huge lottery jackpot win, Mr Woods was 23 years of age. He immediately splashed the cash buying houses, luxury cars and trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York.
Lottery organisers Camelot intervened and advised the lucky winner to invest the rest of his winnings. Thankfully he did and he’s now living off that investment.
Three years after winning the lottery, Ben met his wife. They now have three daughters and Ben said that it was becoming a family man that has helped him realise the true value of his lottery win.
As most parents need to make a good living to support their families, Ben realises that he’s one of the lucky ones who can spend more quality time with his wife and children.
He said that while he was growing up, he didn’t see much of his own father. “When I was younger my mum and dad both worked,” he explained.
Thanks to winning the lottery though, the lucky father said, “I can be there for my children as they grow up.”
As its 14 years later, Ben now plans to go back to work.
The reason for this is due to the fact that he wants his children to see the importance of working.
“We don’t want our children to think that we just sit around.”
Fourteen years on from his big win, Mr Woods says he hasn’t changed. “It doesn’t change you as a person,” he said. “It just changes your circumstances.”
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