Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Retirement was a Long Time Coming for Lotto Winner

A baker from Lowestoft finally hung up her apron for the last time in December and retired, nearly seven months after she won £2 million with a UK National Lottery lucky dip ticket.

Jean Swatman, 63, had been clocking in for work at the Morrisons supermarket bakery for ten years, so when she won her National Lottery prize, in June 2013, she found it hard to break the habit.

"It was just something I have done all these years and I really couldn't decide what else to do," Swatman admitted.

But her son Wayne and daughter Kerry found it hard to believe she was happy to continue baking bread and filling donuts when she had such a huge amount of money sitting in the bank, so the two were forever nagging her to retire and take things easy.

Swatman remained reluctant to leave the heat of the Morrisons ovens though, and kept telling her concerned offspring, "No, I don’t want to yet."

The winter weather finally achieved what her children could not and the grandmother of six was forced to ask herself, "Do I want to get up four mornings a week to scrape the snow and ice off my car?"

Swatman decided the answer to that question was 'no' and she recently admitted, "Now I am fully retired, I don’t know how I ever found time to work."

The recent retiree said that becoming a multi-millionaire hasn't changed her. She admitted to splashing out on a new Vauxhall SUV, but still lives in the same terraced house in Lowestoft and enjoys spending time with her family.

"I haven’t personally changed, but life in general has," she said.