Landlord scoops £1 million on the EuroMillions draw

Landlord scoops £1 million on the EuroMillions draw

Pub landlord Mike Willets of the Bridgend Inn in Bedwas is celebrating after winning £1 million on the EuroMillions Raffle (7229652)

Pub landlord Mike Willets of the Bridgend Inn in Bedwas is celebrating after winning £1 million on the EuroMillions Raffle (7229709)

Pub landlord Mike Willets of the Bridgend Inn in Bedwas is celebrating after winning £1 million on the EuroMillions Raffle (7229770)

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A PUB landlord is celebrating becoming a millionaire in last Friday's EuroMillions draw.

Bedwas publican Nigel Willetts, 48, matched the millionaire raffle ticket - winning him £1 million - plus two numbers on a lucky dip winning him an extra £2.80 in last Friday's draw, a not so unlucky Friday the 13th.

He said it had been welcome good news for the family who had been hit by the death of his step-father Fred Gill just a week earlier aged 76.

He added: "I know I can look after all the people I love and care for."

Mr Willetts, who owns The Bridgend Inn in Bedwas, checked his ticket on his phone on Saturday before asking his partner Jane Whittingham, his girlfriend of three years, to double-check.

He felt he had to go to the Tesco in Crossways where he had bought the ticket to confirm the win as he "had to hear it from someone else".

The former soldier, who was stationed in Germany and Northern Ireland during his six-year stint, got back to his pub at 10.30pm and the good news quickly spread.

The couple celebrated with their close and friends and family until 6am on Sunday but Mr Willetts said he still sent Miss Whittingham, who is a carer, to work the next day.

Mr Willetts said he tried to keep it quiet at first but his children broadcast the news on Facebook

"A lot of people think that I'm going to sell", he added. "I love my pub, I love the people and I just want to improve it.

"Everybody's so pleased, I haven't had any bad feedback, they've said it couldn't happen to a nicer bloke."

After paying off the mortgage on the pub, Mr Willetts, who has four children and two grandchildren, said he hopes to buy a Range Rover and go on holiday.

He added his children had "all put their orders in" but he was not planning to spoil them.

He added: "It's a community pub. They [the regulars] are always in here and they've always supported me."

Mr Willetts' winning raffle number was MKX532718.

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2:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

What a fool! Broadcasting it like that! I would be worried that people would make me a target. Seemings he runs a pub etc... open to bother from beggers and criminals I say.
What a fool! Broadcasting it like that! I would be worried that people would make me a target. Seemings he runs a pub etc... open to bother from beggers and criminals I say. Thor at the door
  • Score: -10

2:56pm Tue 17 Jun 14

macbumble says...

That's a disgrace £ 2.80 for 2 numbers.
That's a disgrace £ 2.80 for 2 numbers. macbumble
  • Score: 9

3:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

itsajoke says...

thats nice
thats nice itsajoke
  • Score: 11

4:20pm Tue 17 Jun 14

p stani says...

Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P. p stani
  • Score: 11

5:46pm Tue 17 Jun 14

golfer says...

Come straight out and tell every one ..then it's forgotten quicker and he can spend spend spend
Come straight out and tell every one ..then it's forgotten quicker and he can spend spend spend golfer
  • Score: 3

10:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

bucks says...

p stani wrote:
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together with p stani.

'Ive not been in touch since, but the thing is, I've got this great business idea to open a charity shop in Newport City centre - I really think the City could do with another one.

I only need a million pounds to get it started. What do you think?
[quote][p][bold]p stani[/bold] wrote: Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.[/p][/quote]Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together with p stani. 'Ive not been in touch since, but the thing is, I've got this great business idea to open a charity shop in Newport City centre - I really think the City could do with another one. I only need a million pounds to get it started. What do you think? bucks
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

p stani says...

bucks wrote:
p stani wrote:
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together with p stani.

'Ive not been in touch since, but the thing is, I've got this great business idea to open a charity shop in Newport City centre - I really think the City could do with another one.

I only need a million pounds to get it started. What do you think?
bucks
Get a life son.
[quote][p][bold]bucks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]p stani[/bold] wrote: Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.[/p][/quote]Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together with p stani. 'Ive not been in touch since, but the thing is, I've got this great business idea to open a charity shop in Newport City centre - I really think the City could do with another one. I only need a million pounds to get it started. What do you think?[/p][/quote]bucks Get a life son. p stani
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Wed 18 Jun 14

bucks says...

p stani wrote:
bucks wrote:
p stani wrote:
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.
Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together with p stani.

'Ive not been in touch since, but the thing is, I've got this great business idea to open a charity shop in Newport City centre - I really think the City could do with another one.

I only need a million pounds to get it started. What do you think?
bucks
Get a life son.
Had a sense of humour bypass have you?

Funny how you haven't seen the fella since you left the forces, but you decide to say hello after he's won the lottery.
[quote][p][bold]p stani[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bucks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]p stani[/bold] wrote: Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together,all the best to you, Taff P.[/p][/quote]Well done Nigel me old mate,not seen you since the day we left 16 Fld Amb in Bulford and drove back to Wales together with p stani. 'Ive not been in touch since, but the thing is, I've got this great business idea to open a charity shop in Newport City centre - I really think the City could do with another one. I only need a million pounds to get it started. What do you think?[/p][/quote]bucks Get a life son.[/p][/quote]Had a sense of humour bypass have you? Funny how you haven't seen the fella since you left the forces, but you decide to say hello after he's won the lottery. bucks
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Wed 18 Jun 14

p stani says...

Who said I want to see him.i am just wishing him luck,now go back to bed.
,
Who said I want to see him.i am just wishing him luck,now go back to bed. , p stani
  • Score: 0

11:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

cymruamblyth says...

LOL Bucks I was crying with laughter after reading that
LOL Bucks I was crying with laughter after reading that cymruamblyth
  • Score: 0

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