From my good buddy, Loretta, in the UK, comes news of lottery winner Adrian Bayford, winner of a huge 148 million pound jackpot. He has, according to news reports, already been bombarded with requests for cash ” despite being away on vacation with his family.
The tiny musicshop which he jointly runs with his best friend in the Suffolk town of Haverhill has seen dozens of letters pour through its doors since he went public with his huge win.
His best friend and business partner Richard Hudspith ” who is keeping the Suffolk Music Centre running ” said the requests for money had been piling up.
“Put it this way, there has been more mail than you normally get with your morning coffee,” he said.
After winning the Euro Millions jackpot, Bayford and his wife Gillian caught an easyJet flight for a short break with their two young children.
And rather than make for the sun and five-star luxury, they appear to have headed north to spend time at the windswept Scottish caravan park where Mrs Bayford’s parents live.
The only nod to luxury was the Air Harrods helicopter that whisked them from the hotel near Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, to the airport four miles away ” and that was paid for by lottery operator Camelot.
Mr Hudspith thinks the couple will continue to keep their feet on the ground.
“I think they are listening to the right sort of advice.
“Obviously it is going to be life-changing for them but as people they will still have the same values and that is that their children will come first.
“They will probably move but I believe they will stay in the area.”