UK man 'set for life' after winning £10,000-a-month for 30 years

Dean Weymes.
Dean Weymes. Photo credit: The National Lottery

A man in the United Kingdom, who won a Lotto prize giving him £10,000 (nz$19,000) a month for 30 years, says he will use the money to support his autistic brother.

Amazon employee Dean Weymes realised he had won the jackpot when he arrived at work on July 30 and checked his winning lotto numbers.

After realising he had won, Weymes thought "I don't have to be here if I don't want to be here," he told the Daily Mail.

And it seems he didn't want to be there.

"I went back in, sat on my computer for five minutes, and said 'I'm sick' and went home," he said.

"The following day I went in to quit, I went to HR and said I have to leave, they said to fill out the form, which said 'why are you leaving?' I wrote 'won Lottery/retirement?' and they were like 'you can't put this down' - I think they thought I was putting a joke reason," he said

Instead of planning to use the cash to live a lavish lifestyle, Weymes said he hoped to use the windfall to improve the life of his 23-year-old brother Robert.

"Robert has severe autism - it is about as serious as it gets. He is mainly non-verbal, but can say a few names and certain words, but he is like a baby.

"He is 6'3 tall and quite stocky, and he can get aggressive, and he can hurt himself and others. He grabs a hold of you and it is very difficult. He takes it out on himself. It's tough."

He said it is getting harder for his parents to look after Robert as they get older.

"If they could have regular services that they could even have a break, so it is not 24/7. Just to have the best-trained professionals to take care of him would make a world of difference."

As well as helping his brother, Weymes also planned to take his sister, brother-in-law and nephew to Disneyland in Paris for a holiday. 

His priority now was following his dream of being a screenwriter and ticking things off his bucket list.

"It is just incredible. I am 24 and I am now literally set for life. After discovering my win I knew exactly what I was going to do next. Getting £10,000 every month allows me to start working through my bucket list."



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