Monday 20 November 2017

Lotto winner vows to keep working

Neil Dexter and his wife Lesley celebrate scooping the Lotto jackpot
Neil Dexter and his wife Lesley celebrate scooping the Lotto jackpot
Lotto winners Neil Dexter and his wife Lesley

A bicycle shop owner has vowed to carry on working long days despite scooping more than £3 million on the Lotto draw.

Businessman Neil Dexter, 50, and his school administrator wife Lesley, 52, said they would carry on working despite their good fortune.

"This will enable me to finish work at 10 rather than 12 o'clock at night," Mr Dexter said.

Speaking at a press conference in York, the couple said the size of the win had still not sunk in.

The couple, from Barmby Moor near York, said the win would allow them to help their graduate teacher trainee daughter Samantha, 24, and son Gareth, 22.

The lucky couple scooped more than £3.6 million after banking a share of the Lotto Double Rollover last Wednesday. But despite their millions they have only modest spending plans and intend to splash out on a new horse box for Mrs Dexter, a holiday to Australia and a new home.

Mr Dexter, who owns Wheelies Cycle Care near York, said he was still in shock when he returned to his work van after being informed he had won. "The van was rocking, I was screaming at the dog and he was wondering what was going on. I was in complete shock. I will continue running the business. I have two employees who I trust. I will still be involved," he said.

Mr Dexter did not realise he had become a multimillionaire until four days after the draw as he never checks his numbers, always leaving it to his local retailer where he buys his lucky dip tickets. "The ticket was safe but there was the fear the dog could chew it," he joked.

His wife, who works part time at a school in Pocklington, said she did not believe her husband when he called. "I was showing some of our horses locally when Neil called. My daughter answered and thought it was bad news as Neil wouldn't tell her what he needed to speak to me for.

"By the time he spoke to me a group of concerned friends had gathered round. To be honest I didn't believe a word he said, even when he returned home. I didn't really believe it until the woman from Camelot turned up the next day and then it became real."

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