Millionaire lottery winner still buying

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A lottery winner who scooped £3.5m last year said he still buys tickets for the weekly draw.

Chris Bowers, 62, who was made a millionaire through playing the National Lottery last year, is also urging others to play.

He said: “You have got to buy a ticket. I still buy them and I tell all my friends to buy them. I’ve just won another £10.

“I didn’t think I would win. But even if it’s a once in a lifetime chance to win, you’ve still got to play.”

Mr Bowers was at Silverstone yesterday to help launch a special EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw that will take place on May 18.

Every week the draws on a Tuesday and Friday make two players millionaires, but Friday will see the number of winners boosted to 18 players.

Mr Bowers, 62, who moved from Wellingborough to the Northampton area with his wife Sue after their win, says the lottery has made their life much easier.

It meant he was able to give up his 47-year career as a fork lift driver in Wellingborough and invest in a new Mercedes car.

He said: “It does make life a lot easier. I would urge people to go out there an buy a ticket. You have got to be in it to win it.”

A National Lottery spokesman said: “Millionaire Raffle is brilliant because it is so simple. Match your unique number and you win a million.

“This special draw is something players will love – 18 prizes all guaranteed to be won in one night, all in the UK – and more money for good causes.”