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Lotto Jackpot for Head Chef

Lotto Jackpot for Head Chef
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

A Head Chef from Somerset won a Lotto jackpot worth £1,581,582 on Saturday 29 January, and one of the first things he did was hand in his resignation. Neil Baker, who was Head Chef at the Tudor Hotel in Bridgwater, is 36 years old and intends to enjoy a break from working life whilst he decides how to best put his new-found wealth to good use. The lottery results which gave Neil his £1.58 million win were 05, 20, 25, 30, 36 and 47, and the Bonus Ball was 15.

It was Neil’s mother who discovered the win the day after the draw when she checked his numbers on his behalf. “I always buy four regular lines for Saturday’s draw, but on this occasion I had an extra pound coin in my pocket, so I decided to put on a Lucky Dip as well,” Neil explained. “The tickets stayed behind the sun visor in my car all week and it was only when my mum suggested checking on Sunday that I realised that my Lucky Dip had matched all six numbers.”

The casual and seemingly trivial spur-of-the-moment decision to buy himself an extra ticket of random selections has changed Neil’s life forever, and like many lottery winners he is now celebrating the incredible sense of freedom which a seven figure bank balance makes possible.

“I’ve always been a chef, working in various hotels and restaurants in the area and much as I enjoy it in many ways, work is work at the end of the day, and this money has given me the freedom to have a break and enjoy other aspects of my life,” Neil said. “Everyone, including my boss, has been really pleased for me and wished me the best of luck.”

So what will Neil do now that he is free from the restrictions of the workaday world? Well, he seems to have his feet planted firmly on the ground. “I don’t think this money will change me,” he said. “I’m not planning to move, as our house is more than just bricks and mortar, it’s a home with sentimental value as it has always been our family home. I won’t change my car as I’m happy with the one I’ve got, so for the moment this money will give me freedom and also security. I’ll definitely stay in the area as my friends and family are all here.”

We wish Neil all the best for the future, and for those of you who would like to try and win your own lottery jackpot, click here to buy tickets online. There is a rollover jackpot of £24 million to play for in the EuroMillions game on Friday 18 February, and the Lotto game will have a jackpot of around £4.4 million on Saturday. Good luck!

Published: Thursday 17th February 2011

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