We all scan the Euromillions results hoping that we have purchased a winning ticket. I suspect that we would be somewhat excited if we found we had actually won a major prize in the Euromillions prize draw.
45-year-old George Traykov of Ilford in Essex however claims to be not that bothered about his latest win.
Mr. Traykov, a property developer originally from Bulgaria, won £160,873 in the Euromillions prize draw earlier this year. It took him two months to claim his prize however and it brings his total winnings up to £1.2 million after also winning in September 2011.
He sounded a little disappointed that he had not won the top prize of £12 million and told the press that winning in the lottery did not compare with the thrill of skydiving, his first love.
A former member of the Bulgarian national skydiving team, Mr. Traykov said, “nothing compares to skydiving.” With his first win he sent his daughter, Elaine, to private school and booked her skydiving lessons.
The single father has no plans to move away from Ilford. He has lived in the town for almost 20 years, says he has “lovely neighbours” and he feels safe in the area. He plans to renovate his home with the money he has won.
He is teetotal and had to practise spraying champagne for photographers. Earlier this year he did have holiday in Cancun to get used to his new situation but feels he has always had enough money in his life. “I’ve always worked hard and never spent more than I have so money has never been a major problem for me,” he said.
Mr. Traykov could still win more money; he has three more tickets he has not yet checked and, in any case, still intends to play the Euromillions prize draw.