Sheep are Lotto winners' ticket
Published 03/03/2010 | 13:14
A flock of sheep, breast enlargements and a gastric band are among British lottery winners' more unusual purchases, according to a new book.
New millionaires have also splashed out on a whiskey factory and a gold Robin Reliant, author Danny Buckland said.
Another winner admitted to buying a "Lady" title to get the best tables in restaurants while another couple invested in new knees so they could play more golf.
The unusual shopping habits are included in Buckland's book We Won The Lottery, which looks at the experiences of individuals and syndicates who scooped the jackpot.
It reveals that 83-year-old Bob Bradley, who won £3,507,063 in 2006, made his son and grandson millionaires as well as hiring a helicopter to take his great grandson to his school prom.
Others include £10 million winner Peter Lavery, from Northern Ireland, who bought more than 40 cars and his own whiskey label, and Sarah Cockings, who was 21 when she scooped a £3.4 million jackpot and treated her two sisters to breast enlargements.
The book says almost a quarter of jackpot winners (24%) spent some of their money on cosmetic surgery for either themselves or a friend or relative, with breast enlargements, liposuction, eye laser treatment and teeth whitening among the most popular treatments.
A National Lottery spokesman said: "Everyone thinks that winners automatically splash out on designer clothes and fast cars, but it isn't always the case.
"Winning the jackpot allows winners to follow their dreams, whether it is setting up a stud farm, getting Diarmuid Gavin to design your garden or collecting Action Men."