Lottery winner hopes to realise boyhood dream

Simon Waddup, from Coventry, wins £1m in the Euromillions draw.

6/1/2020 9:55:00 PM

Coventry electrician unable to work for a year through ill health wins £1m on Euromillions lottery

Simon Waddup, from Coventry, wins £1m in the Euromillions draw.

Close share panelRichard HarrisImage captionSimon Waddup said he"kept hearing this voice telling me to buy a lottery ticket" before playing onlineAn electrician who has been unable to work for a year through ill health has won £1m on the Euromillions lottery.

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Simon Waddup, 31, of Coventry, said he hoped the win meant he could realise his"dream" of buying and doing up old properties.He said a rare blood disorder and faulty heart valve had"constantly held me back".Mr Waddup added his daughter, 10, hoped the win meant she could go on holiday abroad for the first time.

"For as long as I can remember I have wanted to buy old properties, do them up and build my own portfolio," he said."Friends and family laughed at my dream, especially when I was a teenager."He studied Design Technology, worked on building sites and trained to become an electrician with this ambition in mind.

However, he said ill health had meant he had"been in and out of hospital a lot over the last few years" and had been unable to work since last summer.News and updates from the West MidlandsMr Waddup said he had played the Euromillions game for the first time this month and had been in"a bit of a daze" since the win.

"Due to coronavirus, I can't celebrate with my family and I can't wait to see people and talk about the win - I will definitely be treating my family," he said."I will also get a passport for my daughter and, when we can, take a trip abroad - she has already told me that she wants to go to Spain."

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Bless him. Very happy for him Excellent. Well done. Good for you Get in Enjoy Well done. Use your winnings wisely. Well deserve it congrats 👏 👏👏 Absolute best a luck to him! Well done! Well done but he's nuts for going public. Nice to hear good news. Enjoy! Good for you:) Good for him. Deserves every penny.

Bet he's chuffed That's good but won't get you far Well done lad .. one day that will be me! :) will he be '''''persuaded''''' to DONATE £ 8 0 0, 0 0 0 of T H A T, to the N. H. S. ? o r maybe £ 9 0 0, 0 0 0 ? Good on him... Enjoy it. Congrats!🎉 Just love stories like this! Great news! Love a good news story need more of these other than coronavirus and rioting in America

I was about to be enchanted by this tale of the realisation of childhood dreams (a chocolate factory?, a ride in a fire engine?, a model 🚂 ?), until, upon reading, the dream is the acquisition of wealth attained from a ‘portfolio’ of refurbished properties. 🧨🧚⚰️ So glad it went to someone who really needs it.

Вы верите в это? Great news. 👏🏻👏🏻 Good for him. Good for him! I hope he finds a good financial advisor to make that last so he won’t have to work ever again. Dont tell Boris. He will steal it Congrats! I’m happy when it goes to good people ,enjoy fella 👍 One of the very few ways a working class person can enter the elite class.

That's one hell of a shock Good for you! Congratulations 🥳 🥰 God bless him... That should cover the wages Well done Simon, enjoy 👍 Lucky fucker .nice 1 .save half a mill for the vaccine Get pissed first Looks like he has no legs but an apparent ability to shake a bottle... Brilliant! 🍾🍾 Bless Be paying that employment support allowance back then?

Bet he got a shock Looks like he’s cured.....😉 Class

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