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Bunny Hops for Lotto Winner

Bunny Hops for Lotto Winner
Updated: Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A 24 year old worker at the Lewes Golf Club Pro Shop in East Sussex was visited by a wild rabbit moments before he discovered that he had won a Lotto prize worth £134,457. Jimmy Dean chased the creature out of the store and it was then that he decided to check his emails and found a message from the National Lottery organiser saying ‘Congratulations’. It wasn’t long after that he started doing bunny hops of his own…

“Once I’d ‘escorted’ the rabbit off the premises and read the email, I started leaping about like a mad thing,” Jimmy said. “It was pouring rain and there was nobody in the shop, or even on the course, to share my news with so I rang a really good friend and told him I was buying a Ferrari. The Ferrari hasn’t quite happened yet and all I’ve bought so far was a very posh cake for my mum when I attempted an extravagant shopping spree in Brighton on Sunday!”

Jimmy, who is from Uckfield, played a Lucky Dip ticket and won his prize with five main numbers and the Bonus Ball on Saturday 4 June. The Lotto results for that draw were 07, 21, 25, 32, 43 and 44, and the Bonus Ball was 27.

This isn’t the first time that Jimmy has beaten the odds in life, as he explained: “When I was 18, playing rugby at county level for Sussex, I was knocked out a few times and was then diagnosed with a brain tumour,” he said. “Fortunately the tumour was benign and I have managed to make a full recovery. My mates have decided that this win is the karma offsetting that time of my life – I mean, not only did I have an operation but I had to cancel a lads holiday in order to have the operation!”

Now Jimmy can start thinking about how to spend his windfall, and he already has a few things planned. “I’m not too bothered about a new car at the moment but I’ve promised my dad one,” he said. “Mum will probably get a trip to Scotland and possibly an iPad for my younger brother. My friends are really important to me so they are also going to benefit from the win with a VIP night out this Saturday in Brighton, my shout.”

We congratulate Jimmy and wish him the very best of luck in the future. The EuroMillions game this Tuesday 14 June will be worth around £67 million and the Lotto jackpot on Wednesday has an estimated value of £2.3 million. Buy your lottery tickets online for those games and good luck to you too!

Written by Ian Bruce

Published: Monday 13th June 2011

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