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UK Lotto player wins $12.7 million but sticks with job helping elderly

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'The old folks need me'

Winning £8 million (US$12.7 million) on the Lotto would send most people into a frenzy of excitement but for grandad Ron Elliot it was all in a day's work.

The kind-hearted widower, 67, told how he won the rollover jackpot on Saturday night then calmly went to work the next day at the care home where he looks after dozens of vulnerable elderly residents.

Ron also revealed he would continue in his £15,000-a-year role.

He said, "I shall not be retiring any time soon — the old folks need me."

Ron was watching on TV at his maisonette when he saw his numbers come up.

But there was no way the care home assistant was going to let down the people who depend on him. He said, "I went to work as normal on Sunday.

"The residents are 90 years old and many have dementia. I give them breakfast, do the laundry and housework."

Ron, whose wife died in a car accident 41 years ago, lives in Sutton, South London.

He bought his winning Lucky Dip ticket at a newsagent's at 6am on Saturday as he walked to the care home in nearby Wallington to start his shift.

The numbers, which scooped £7,959,312, were 10, 28, 32, 36, 37, and 49.

After admitting "I don't think it has sunk in yet", Ron said he plans to buy a new house in the area, pay off his son's mortgage, and provide a big Christmas treat for the care home residents.

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Thanks to myturn for the tip.

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Posted: November 12, 2013, 8:57 am - IP Logged

This is the kind of guy I like to see and that deserves to win a BIG jackpot lottery.

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    Posted: November 12, 2013, 9:49 am - IP Logged

    This is the kind of guy I like to see and that deserves to win a BIG jackpot lottery.

    Yep. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. He keeps his head about him and its a great story.
    Congrats.
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      Posted: November 12, 2013, 9:51 am - IP Logged

      Amazing guy. He definitely desereved it.

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        Posted: November 12, 2013, 10:03 am - IP Logged

        God Bless him and congrats. real nice story.

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          Posted: November 12, 2013, 11:11 am - IP Logged

          This is the kind of guy I like to see and that deserves to win a BIG jackpot lottery.

          I dont know I mean Im glad he won and everything but I'd rather see someone who can actually use the money win...this guy would've been just as happy with his life if he didnt win

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            Posted: November 12, 2013, 11:54 am - IP Logged

            I dont know I mean Im glad he won and everything but I'd rather see someone who can actually use the money win...this guy would've been just as happy with his life if he didnt win

            he could pay the salaries of a couple of people at least to take his place and do the dirty work. he could come in and entertain them to a degree if he so desired. but... to continue in his current duties... i don't know why or if that much is necessary.

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              Posted: November 12, 2013, 11:57 am - IP Logged

              very nice story. :)

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                Posted: November 12, 2013, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                Nice story. He must have a very big heart to accomodate others. God bless him more.

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                  Posted: November 12, 2013, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                  I dont know I mean Im glad he won and everything but I'd rather see someone who can actually use the money win...this guy would've been just as happy with his life if he didnt win

                  B2B- He plays the game to win just like everyone else,  thing is in his case he sees what his priorities are,  and to him its helping others at present.  It could very well be that in a few years from now, he could say- l did what l could, l will pass the mantle to others.
                  I would rather read a story like this than some lunkhead blowing through his fortune in a few years on drugs & alcohol and saying " at least l had a great time".
                  I salute this guy.

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                    Posted: November 12, 2013, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

                    His wife died 41 years ago.  I wonder why he never remarried.  Maybe, she was the love of his life, or he never found anyone else.  He seems so kind hearted that he should have love again.  Love

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                      Posted: November 12, 2013, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

                      That's all nice and sweet, that he did not quit his job. Keep in mind that on some level, they are all feeding off emotionally, off each other, considering his circumstance before he won. Those old folks are probably like family to him. Congrats.

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                        Posted: November 12, 2013, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

                        B2B- He plays the game to win just like everyone else,  thing is in his case he sees what his priorities are,  and to him its helping others at present.  It could very well be that in a few years from now, he could say- l did what l could, l will pass the mantle to others.
                        I would rather read a story like this than some lunkhead blowing through his fortune in a few years on drugs & alcohol and saying " at least l had a great time".
                        I salute this guy.

                        Amen   To    That     !!!!!!

                         

                         

                        This    Ron   Elliot   has   got   "  Style  "    (  and   a   Heart )    and   he  aint    self  centered

                         

                        Kinda   restores  a   person's   faith  in   human   nature   dont   it

                         

                        What   A    Great    Story

                         

                        Really   refreshing  to  see  a   person    like    that

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                          Posted: November 12, 2013, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

                          Good man, God Bless him.

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                            Posted: November 12, 2013, 4:28 pm - IP Logged

                            Wow now this is a nice story.  I mean he could retire right now, but instead he's going to keep being there for his residents.

                            They will truly appreciate it and he will be blessed many times over.