A metal factory worker is planning a spending spree but warned off gold-diggers today after insisting his £71 million EuroMillions jackpot win – the 15th biggest in UK history – will change his life.
Ade Goodchild, from Hereford, has his eye on a new house with a Jacuzzi, a few staff and dream holidays to the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids after claiming a prize of £71,057,439 following Fridays EuroMillions draw.
The 58-year-old told a press conference today in Great Malvern, Worcestershire: Im not one of these winners who is going to say this win wont change me. It bloody well will, or at least Ill give it a damn good go!
Mr Goodchild, who is single and has now quit his job, was asked by reporters if he thought the money made him a more attractive romantic prospect. He replied: Anybody I think I couldnt have pulled before has got no chance.
I havent suddenly become more attractive overnight – just my wallet has. I take people as I find them but like I say, Im not a stupid man. I have done stupid things, luckily Ive learned from them.
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image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News The lucky Briton who won the £71m EuroMillions jackpot is Ade Goodchild, a factory worker from Hereford.
The 58-year-old says he celebrated his win by watching the Wales v Ireland rugby match with his parents and a takeaway pizza.
After going public on Wednesday, he told reporters: “Im not one of these winners who is going to say this win wont change me.
“It bloody well will, or at least Ill give it a damn good go! Therell be no more shift work for me.”
One of Mr Goodchilds top priorities is purchasing a new home – ideally with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a few staff.
He added: “Im not a gardener but Id like a bit of space for the dogs and a nice spot for my hammock on sunny days so it would be good to have someone to take care of the view for me.
The new millionaire also wants to travel around the world watching cricket and rugby, with the Grand Canyon and the pyramids in Egypt some of the holiday destinations on his bucket list.
Mr Goodchild is now handing in his notice after working at a metal factory for more than 24 years – and he plans to ensure that his family, originally from South Wales, benefit from his windfall too.
Describing the moment when he realised he was a EuroMillions winner, he said he had a sudden urge to check his numbers on Saturday, even though he normally scans his ticket on Mondays.
Mr Goodchild added: “It gave me the winning ping sound and I thought I might have won a fiver or something.
“I put my glasses on to double check and then spotted that it was the jackpot prize and that all my numbers were circled. I thought wow, a lot of people have shared the jackpot this week but fair play. Then I read the prize amount again and realised that it was actually £71m and just one winner – me!”
Mr Goodchild is single, and reporters asked whether he thought his multimillion-pound payday has made him more of an “attractive” romantic prospect.
He replied: “Anybody I think I couldnt have pulled before has got no chance, because I havent suddenly become more attractive overnight – just my wallet has.
The winning numbers from the draw on Friday 15 March were 03, 15, 24, 42, 46, and Lucky Stars 09 and 12.