FAMILY: What would you do if you hit the jackpot
PUBLISHED: 17:16 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 07:55 02 July 2010
What would you do if it was you? This week, one lucky Lottery player could pocket the country's biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot of a staggering £85 million.
What would you do if it was you? This week, one lucky Lottery player could pocket the country's biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot of a staggering £85 million. STACIA BRIGGS finds out how people in Norwich - and their families - would cope with the windfall.
An eye-watering Lottery win would not only change your life, but that of your friends and family - or would it?
In November last year, a couple in Wales and a syndicate of seven in Liverpool each received £45.5million, the largest Lottery-winning sums ever paid out in the UK.
But this Friday's potential jackpot could dwarf even that, and operators Camelot want to encourage winners to spread the wealth.
We went out into the streets of Norwich to ask shoppers and workers what they'd do if they won this weekend's mega jackpot and how they thought pocketing such a huge sum would change their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
While some would keep “only” £35 million and give the rest away, others would be happy to tell “little white lies” to head off the proffering of the begging bowl from their nearest and dearest.
So - what would you do if your numbers came up and you won £85 million on the EuroMillions draw this Saturday?
Camilla Jolly, housewife, Bawdeswell, 22.
“If I won the lottery, I'd tell everyone how much I'd won and I'd definitely spend big!” said Camilla.
“I'd give some money to my nanny, my daughter and my partner. I think I'd probably stay living where I am now, but I'd buy the field behind our house and build a pink mansion with a swimming pool and diamond encrusted gates.
“Sapphire (Camilla's baby daughter) would have a pink leather pram! I'd take all my friends out for a meal, buy my auntie a new hosue and put £20 million in trust for Sapphire for when she's 18.”
Ray Swinger, market stall holder, 50, Taverham.
Ray had a smaller lottery win two years ago, and treated his staff at the bag stall on Norwich Market to a weekend away.
The father of two daughters, aged 22 and 20, and grandfather to one granddaughter said that winning such a huge amount of cash would be mind-boggling.
“It's far too much money for one person and far too much to comprehend. The most I would need is £5million to see my life out,” he said.
“I'd see my staff all right - they've been so loyal and I'd give them £1million each and give £20 million to charities, including Cancer Research and the Dog's Trust and spread the rest around.
“Money doesn't rule my head - health always comes first. I'd give my daughters £10million each but they could only draw so much at one time.”
Cheryl Vrinten, 38, Hempnall, internet marketer.
“I think that £85 million seems like an impossible figure to get into my head - I think that it's unimaginable to have that sort of money facing you,” she said.
“I'd like to think that I'd give lots away to my family, but I'm not sure that I'd tell anybody outside my immediate family how much I'd won because of the millions of begging letters you'd get.
“With friends, it's a tricky one. I think I might have to tell a few white lies - I wouldn't want to rub it in people's faces.
“First of all, I'd pay off my mortgage, pay off my parents' mortgage and then do all the obvious things, like buy a new car, have a nice holiday, probably at Disneyland and just enjoy having spare cash!
“I'd put money in trust for my children and invest in property for them. I think I'd rather do that than just give them lots of cash. My daughter rides and her dream is to own her own pony, so to bring some of her dreams to reality would be wonderful.
“With kids, you'd have to be careful not to spoil them and you'd still need to teach them the value of money.”
David Baldwin, 47, Citycare, Mile Cross.
David is a father of three with eight grandchildren under the age of eight.
“If I won £85 million, I'd finish my mortgage off for a start, and then I'd sort my three kids out. I'd give each of my kids £1 million each and the grandchildren would get £500,000 in trust,” he said.
“My wife could have whatever she wanted! I think I probably wouldn't work any more - well, I certainly wouldn't do the overtime if I was that rich!
“I'd buy a big fishing lake and look after my parents as well - they've looked after me for long enough.
“Winning that kind of money would change everyone's life. It'd make them secure.”
Charlene Mitchell, 29, market stall worker, Sprowston.
“I play the Lottery when it's a big jackpot,” said Charlene, who has a two-and-a-half-year-old son, a step-son, 16 nieces and nephews, two brothers and two sisters.
“If I won, I could afford to give everyone good Christmas presents! I'd probably give quite a lot away, because we wouldn't need it all. I'd halve the money and then spread it around to family members - then I'd keep the rest for when they've spent it and start asking if they can have some more!
“I'd set up a trust fund for my son that he could get hold of when he was 18 or 20 - I'm the kind of person who puts restrictions on things, so if he got to 18 without being in trouble, the money would be there for him.
“I think people that know us would expect a lot of money from us, so I probably wouldn't tell people exactly how much I'd won. For me, I'd buy a new Bentley. My family would love me if I won!”
Sue Orme, 48, landlady, Norwich.
“I think that winning that much money would cause a lot of arguments - I think if I won it, I wouldn't want to tell anybody!” said Sue, who has a grown-up son, a 12-year-old daughter and a new granddaughter.
“Because we've got a family, and we care about them, it's really difficult to decide how much you'd give them, because you'd still want them to appreciate things. It could cause a lot of heartache.
“I would give my children money, but there would be conditions attached. I've always brought up my daughter to respect what she's got, so I think I'd say to her: 'we've won all this money, but don't think you're going to get everything you want!'
“I'd put some in a bank account for my children and I'd make sure they appreciated it, I wouldn't want them not to have to get up in the morning because they thought they didn't need to!
“I'd also really like to give some money to charity - definitely a charity that helps people with Alzheimer's.
“I don't think winning the lottery would make me happier, because I'm happy already, but it would be nice to pay off the mortgages on the houses and I'd take all my family, including my husband's family, on a luxury cruise which would be lovely!”
Pam Taber, 54, shop assistant, Norwich.
“My husband and I have had the same numbers since the Lottery started and we've won a couple of tenners here and there,” said Pat, who has five children aged 23 to 32 and three grandchildren.
“I'd buy all the children a house, we'd give money to charity, set up a trust fund for university fees and then go on a trip around the world!
“It's so much money that I don't even think you can comprehend it. I really hope it wouldn't change me: I'm not that much of a big spender!”
Nick Reid, Business Analyst, 31, works at Aviva.
Nick, who has two children, has played the lottery since it started 15 years ago and also splashes out on a Lucky Dip card every Saturday. He's tempted to play extra lines when there are large jackpots and rollovers up for grabs.
“At the moment the children would be too young to understand that I had won the lottery, and would probably only ask for a new book or a new toy, said Nick.
“But while they are too young to have a share of the money themselves I would want to give them everything I didn't have. I would want them to have the best education possible and would look to send them to private school.
“I'd look to help my friends and family in more practical ways rather than just giving them lump sums, for example I'd help friends who are struggling to get on the property ladder to buy a house.
“At the same time, I wouldn't want to be seen as being too flash - although I think I'd have to buy an Aston Martin for myself and a Ferrari for my wife!”
Nick McClagish, internet marketer, 28, Norwich.
Currently single and with no children, Nick believes that winning a large jackpot would enable him to set up a 'mini legacy' for his family in the future, a family empire which could be passed down to his children, nieces and nephews.
“I'd would pay off any family debts and buy houses for my parents and brother,” he said.
“Then I'd look to buy an array of businesses such as pubs and restaurants or a livery business on the Norfolk coast. I'd look to develop the businesses but then get people in to manage them for me.
“I could then spend time between a home here in the UK and a house I would buy abroad, probably in Florida or the Seychelles.
He added that he'd keep any win private and wouldn't tell prospective girlfriends that he'd won a significant amount of money until he was in a serious relationship.
“I'd want to be with someone for love, not for what I had,” he said.
Janet West, Norwich, in her 50s
“I would definitely look to help my friends and family if I were to win, said Janet.
“I'd buy my elderly parents a bungalow which they could live comfortably in and I would look to help my two sons and my three grandchildren.
“However, I have old-fashioned values and when it comes to the grandchildren in particular I would put a lot of terms and conditions on any money I was to give them.
“I'd set up a trust fund for them for when they were older and wouldn't just hand out lump sums. I want to see them make their own way in life and not to live on hand-outs.
“It's an obscene amount of money and I'd want to put it to good use - I'd love to be like the Secret Millionaire on Channel 4. I'd help people when I could see how the money could help them.
“I'd treat my friends as well as family, I have some great friends who have been there for me when I needed it and I would want to be able to help them as well if I had the chance.”