The ‘normal life’ of a Merseyrail employee after winning £ 2.4million in the lottery 17 years ago – .

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The ‘normal life’ of a Merseyrail employee after winning £ 2.4million in the lottery 17 years ago – .


A man from Wirral who won £ 2.4million in the national lottery 17 years ago has explained how he spent his winnings.
Rock Ferry’s Ben Woods raised £ 2,485,736 with a lucky dive ticket his mother bought him in 2004 when he was just 23 years old.

He says that after a few years of traveling abroad, the former Merseyrail employee has settled into “a normal life” just three miles from the family home.

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Last week, the 40-year-old was among a group of National Lottery millionaires performing a beach clean-up in New Brighton, helping to raise awareness of plastic pollution issues, and said that although winning the lottery shaped his life, he made sure he stayed “down to earth.”

Speaking to ECHO, Ben said: “Money doesn’t change who you are, it can change the way you are.

“I was a railroad keeper based at Birkenhead Central. It was a good job and I worked with a bunch of good people. “

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After his victory, Ben quit his job and spent several years traveling the world before meeting his wife and settling down.

He said: “By the time I won I was young and it was a public role, I felt like I couldn’t go on and I didn’t particularly want to.

“I was only 23 when I won it, and I spent a good few years in my twenties traveling – anywhere.

“I used to go on vacation all the time and then I met my girlfriend, who is now my wife the following year in 2005.

“We got married and had children and continued to live normal lives. “

Although Ben could have chosen anywhere after amassing his fortune, he wanted to stay close to where he grew up in Birkenhead.

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He said, “I moved from my mom and dad’s house three miles away and bought my own house.

“A lot of people say I wouldn’t stay here, but all my friends and family are here, just because you can move anywhere, doesn’t mean everyone around you can come with you.

“When I won, I went through the financial aspect of what I chose, I received so much and invested so much.

“It’s up to you how you handle it, you can’t tell anyone, it’s just trying to stay who you are and stay a little bit grounded.

“I was young and that’s a lot of money, but not when you think you want to profit for a long time – it’s different if you win at 50.

“I bought my house, bought my sister a house and traveled with money and things like that. It was fantastic and it was truly a life-changing amount of money to be made. “

Over the years, Ben says the National Lottery has kept in touch and put him in touch with other winners, which has been a source of great support.

He said: “When you win for the first time it’s hard to chat with your family and friends, but meeting other winners it’s a community because you’re in the same boat.

“If this happens to you you would be very lucky to find another lottery winner – it doesn’t happen all the time so meeting others who have won you can talk to each other and it helps you settle down. kind of thing. “

Recently, Ben and a group of other winners visited New Brighton Beach as part of a two-minute foundation cleanup, raising awareness of plastic issues in the oceans.

Ben said: “I think everyone should pick up their own garbage.

“The cleanup was about how plastic waste enters the ocean in its raw form, like little pellets.

“The amount that we actually found walking along the seaweed line, there must be thousands – if you think it’s on every beach, that’s a big deal.

“The pellets enter the ocean, the fish eat them and then it is in the fish.

“If you eat fish that has been caught and that has eaten those dumplings, then so are you, then it’s in the food chain.

“The reaction we got was good, although to be honest it was quite early in the morning, and there weren’t many people on the beach, although we caught the morning swimmers so that they were coming back.

“I was just happy to have the opportunity to educate the public. “

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