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Secret Lottery millionaire leaves fortune to charities

UK National LotteryUK National Lottery: Secret Lottery millionaire leaves fortune to charities

A reclusive elderly woman has left her secret Lottery fortune to charity.

Gail German hit the jackpot when she won £1 million (US$1.92 million) playing the UK Lotto, but no one in the tiny hamlet where she lived knew about it.

When she died, most of the money was split between her local church, a hospital and hospices.

Despite the big win, she continued to live alone in the small rural cottage where she had grown up until her death, aged 53.

She left the house and its garden in Catsash, near Newport, Gwent, to a children's hospice.

The funeral congregation was told about the Lottery win, which Miss German had kept secret for three years.

Neighbors were amazed to hear her estate had been valued at £953,334 (US$1.83 million).

Her will said, "I wish my body to be buried following a service at Langstone Church, at which I would like an announcement made regarding my Lottery win of almost £1 million in October 2001 and that the majority of the winnings were left to charity."

Joan Richards, her aunt, who lives in the village, said, "As far as the money goes, I knew nothing at all about it. I was shocked to find out like everyone else.

"That was Gail. That was the way she was."

Mrs Richards, 72, who lives with her husband Richard, a retired farmer, said, "Gail was a nice girl."

David Lewis, a park-keeper, said he had no idea about Miss German's Lottery win, despite living next door to her.

"I was sad to see her go," Mr Lewis, 53, said.

"I have known her all my life. They said she had money."

Among her beneficiaries was the small church in Langstone, near Newport, where she was buried in September. Miss German left the church £5,000 (US$9,600), which has been revealed now her will has been made public.

The Reverend Brian Stares said, "I knew nothing about it. I have been here three or four years. I knew of the lady and knew some of her family. We are very grateful to her."

Lorna Perry, the church treasurer, said the money would contribute to the church's fee to the diocese.

"Our parish share, that we have to pay to the diocese, is over £1,600 (US$3,072) a quarter and we have an average congregation of about 15, so it's quite a lot to us," she said.

Neighbors described Miss German as a quiet woman who kept herself to herself.

Miss German's house and land were left to the T. Hafan Children's Hospice in Wales, near Barry.

She also left shares to St. David's Foundation Hospice Care, Newport, St. Anne's Hospice, Newport, and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

A Camelot spokeswoman said, "Everyone that wins the lottery has the right to remain anonymous. If people decide they don't want to, they can opt for publicity."

St. David's Foundation Hospice said it was thrilled by Miss German's generosity.

Emma Saysell, chief executive, said, "We are always grateful for any donation or any legacy left by anyone who may be associated with us for various reasons, whether they be a patient of ours or just somebody who knows us very well as a charity. We are thrilled and very grateful. These kinds of donations keep us afloat as an organization - 80% of our funds come from charitable donations.

"So we are absolutely thrilled when someone like Miss German thinks of us in a will or gives us a donation when they're alive."

The Treasury could make a fortune in 2005 from inheritance tax if people do not make wills.

A survey commissioned by the London will-writing company WSL found 49% of those without a will said they either had not thought about writing one or did not have the time, while 8% felt they were too young.

Although 47% of people have written a will at some point in their lives, 84% under the age of 55 have yet to do so. Having children was given as the main reason for making a will.

Western Mail

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Posted: December 29, 2004, 9:38 am - IP Logged

Well Done. May you Rest in Peace.

--winner2b

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    Posted: December 29, 2004, 10:53 am - IP Logged

    From the article:



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    A reclusive elderly woman has left her secret Lottery fortune to charity.

    Despite the big win, she continued to live alone in the small rural cottage where she had grown up until her death, aged 53.

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    At age 53, elderly? Does this long gray beard muffle my voice too much?


    gl


    john

    Blessed Saint Leibowitz, keep 'em dreamin' down there..... 

    Next week's convention for Psychics and Prognosticators has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

     =^.^=

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      Posted: December 29, 2004, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

      Humane

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        Posted: December 30, 2004, 12:25 am - IP Logged

        johnph - if 53 is elderly - i'm dead and just don't know it. 

        love to nibble those micey feet.

         

                                     


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          Posted: December 30, 2004, 2:27 am - IP Logged







          "Everyone that wins the lottery has the right to remain anonymous. If people decide they don't want to, they can opt for publicity."







          Anonymity rights should also be applied here in the US. If you are anonymous when you buy a ticket you should remain so after you won. As long as the ticket is verified independently no one should think there is anything scandalous going on. People only want to know the identies of big winners out of sheer gossip value.

          All lotteries wins should also remain tax free like in the UK since most lotteries fund some sort of state project; otherwise it is nothing more than double taxation.


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            Posted: January 2, 2005, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

            Tax-free, yes; anonymous, maybe.