What would you do if you won the lottery? Dean Weymes, from England, struck it rich when his lotto ticket ending up winning the top prize. He has planned to use the money to realize his dream as a script writer. Other than that, he hopes to set aside a sum for his brother with severe autism.
Amazon worker Dean Weymes, 24, reported for work at 7 a.m. on July 30, 2019. During his first break of the day, after checking his numbers for the Lottery’s Set For Life on his phone, he knew: “I don’t have to be here if I don’t want to be here,” according to Peterborough Telegraph.
Then, the next day, Weymes handed his resignation notice to his managers at Amazon along with the reason he wrote down on the HR form: “Won lottery/retirement?”
HR thought it was a joke, but he was serious. Beyond most people’s wildest dreams, he was the fourth person to win the British National Lottery’s Set For Life! It was his first time playing the game.
He won the top prize, which guarantees 10,000 pounds (US$12,150) every month for the next 30 years. That means he can live a worry-free life until he turns 54.
With money suddenly falling into his lap, Weymes, a movie buff who studied Video and Film at university in Dundalk, Ireland, left the transport department at Amazon to pursue his dream—to be a scriptwriter.
What would you do if you won £10,000 a month for the next 30 years?A 24-year-old Amazon worker has become the first person to scoop the National Lottery's Set For Life prize. Here's his bucket list:
“It was always my dream to become a script writer,” Weymes said. “I love films and the theater and now I can do something with this. I can turn my passion into a job, something I never thought I could do.”
He has a couple of things he would like to accomplish, such as taking his sister, Sarah, brother-in-law, and nephew on a trip to Disneyland Paris, going skydiving, hitching a ride on a hot air balloon, and treating his nephew, who loves Lego, if “he behaves himself.”
Weymes, who now lives with his sister, Sarah, in Peterborough, also intends to set aside some of the money as a deposit for a home of his own, BBC reported.
Irish man who won UK Lotto jackpot will receive over €10,000 a month for next 30 yearshttps://t.co/vyj58u2byt
— Irish Daily Mirror (@IrishMirror) August 7, 2019
“It is an incredible feeling that I will be getting £10K every month for 30 years,” he said in a National Lottery statement. “I literally am living the dream.”
“I cannot actually believe that I am really going to be able to do these things—and do them right now! Everything still seems quite unreal—the news really is still sinking in,” he added.
— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) August 6, 2019
Also, another thing on his bucket list is his 23-year-old brother, Robert, who has severe autism.
“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 said.
Describing Robert, he said: “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.”
Man who won lotto jackpot of £10,000-a-month for 30 years will spend the money looking after his severely autistic brother https://t.co/fHz5oWq9Kg
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) August 7, 2019
The loving brother, who produced a moving video about Robert in 2015, “feel a responsibility to guarantee his care for the future,” he told The Mirror.
Weymes hopes to use his windfall to provide Robert with the best possible care, as his parents are getting too old to care for him. “Just to have the best trained professionals to take care of him would make the world of difference,” he said.
In case you’re curious, his winning numbers were 18, 21, 23, 34, and 39, and the Life Ball was 3.
It seems that fortune is smiling on Weymes. He’s living his dreams and living in the lap of luxury at the moment. We are glad he didn’t forget about his brother with autism when he struck it rich!
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