Life after winning the lottery .A lottery winner whose life changed forever when he scooped £13.5million has revealed how he has spent his fortune so far.
Peter Congdon didn’t let his cash go to his head – he carried on living on his council estate in Cornwall for several more months before eventually moving just across the road.
The former Truro city councilor still went on holiday to Butlins soon after the win, Corawall live reports
His first decision was to do something for the Merlin MS Centre in Cornwall as his late wife Rosemary suffered from the condition for 33 years.
He asked the charity what they wanted and the answer was a hot tub; the largest hot tub in the country – a high tech anti-gravity £1 million hydrotherapy pool for those suffering from MS, strokes, Parkinson’s and ME.
And Peter’s family’s lives have all changed forever.
All three of his children – Helen, Sharon and Anthony – now have new mortgage-free houses and brand new cars.
His 10 grandchildren have or will have the same too – as will his three great-grandchildren and the one that’s on the way.
The lucky 71-year-old, who still does the lottery every week, said: “I used to go into shops and think it would be nice to have this and that, but now I can have what I want.”
That includes a BMW i8, an electric BMW i3, Porsche Cayman in its own unique color, a Bentley, and the last three Land Rover Defenders made (one of which he gave to daughter Helen).
Other purchases have included a £30,000 watch from Michael Spiers jewellers in Truro, a helicopter trip to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and two static caravans kept at his beloved Butlins in Minehead.
But he ensures he keeps himself grounded, saying “I still own the house on Trelander (estate) and would go back in a shot – I loved living there.”
It was May 27, 2015, when Peter Congdon checked his Wednesday Lotto ticket on Teletext as usual.
“I’ve got £25,” he thought. “Oh no, it’s not…”
Shocked, he walked to his daughter’s house ten doors down from him who double-checked the ticket – and it was certainly a lot more than £25.
Peter had won just over £13.5 million.
The multi-millionaire said: “I couldn’t believe it then and I still can’t really believe it now.”
The pool he’s funding for the Merlin MS Centre will open in February.
It will prove a lifeline for many and Peter’s kindness has even brought some sufferers to tears, with one man looking forward for his first dip in water for 12 years.
The building will be painted primrose with the flowers planted outside as they were Rosemary’s favorite.
Peter and his family have raised thousands for Merlin over the years on top of his £1m donation.
This includes donating a brand new Land Rover as a raffle prize, holding bingo competitions and taking part in a parachute jump.
But Peter still gets emails and letters from strangers begging for money three years after his win.
Daughter Helen Venton said: “We had funny letters from the beginning – including one man who wanted a coffin for his own funeral.
“We received the first letter on the actual night of the win – a woman wanted help paying off her husband’s gambling debts.”
They have also had requests from strangers asking if Peter will pay for weddings.
One came all the way from Australia, addressed to ‘Peter Congdon, Lottery Winner, Truro, and Cornwall’.
But Helen said: “We’ve been on the other end, trying to find money for prom dresses, for example.”
That’s why Peter now loans out his flashy cars for school proms, only asking for a donation to the MS Centre in exchange.
It’s all about “little gestures”, he says.
Those gestures include paying for Tregolls School’s fireworks display for the past three years and funding campaign leaflets for Melissa Mead, the Penryn mum who recently received the MBE for her work raising awareness of sepsis
How much is left of Peter’s cash then?
“I’ve got enough for this week,” he said.
He’s made investments and put some of the money in property, owning three houses at Trelander and three at Hendra in Truro.
The family say they also fall victim of rumor and gossip.
One of Peter’s relatives was shopping for nappies in Tesco when she heard a woman saying: “You’d think she’d find somewhere better to shop.”
Peter said: “Camelot were great, offering us a financial adviser and which banks we should use. They also respond to the begging letters if we forward them.
The giant cheque with the full amount of £13,538,113 sits next to photos of the announcement at The Alverton hotel as well as the winning balls in lottery champagne glasses.
The pensioner said: “I told my children, ‘I’m thinking of having a tattoo’. Don’t be silly, they told me.”
But he’d already had it done and revealed his lucky numbers tattooed over his heart alongside a rose in memory of his late wife Rosemary who never got to experience the family’s riches.