Winner Would Trade Lottery for Health
Big winner but this time money canít buy everything. Stephen Smith just scooped almost £19 million in the lottery said he would trade it all if only he could have his health back.

One time doorman, bingo caller and now heart patient lives in a flat with his wife and is the only winner of the £18,992,109 jackpot on Saturday.

The 58-year-old was ecstatic over the win but was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm three years ago and of his fatal condition he said,

"If this goes - it can burst at any time - I have a one in ten chance of living. It's a ticking time bomb inside me. It's her (Ida) I worry for, it's leaving her behind. I would give all that back if I am allowed to still be with her because there are no shops in the cemetery, are there?"
As far as all the money, it will not make his condition any better because before it can be operated on the aneurysm has to be a certain size.

Mr. Smith will first get him ands his wife a four-bed bungalow and he is eying a burgundy, state-of-the-art Range Rover as well as a smaller pick-up type vehicle for day-to-day use.
Smith added, "I feel out of this world. How can anybody feel if they have just won 19 million quid? It is emotional. How can you explain? I can't. I can't put it into words ..."It's like the champagne cork popping. It's all my birthdays come at once."It's Christmas every day from now on and I have not believed in Christmas for a long time."

- 2008-01-29


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