Lottery winner will keep doughnut-making job

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Jean Swatman

Grandmother Jean Swatman from Lowestoft in Suffolk, has said she won't quit her job, despite winning £2 million on the National Lottery. Her family tried to persuade the 62-year-old to give up her job making doughnuts for Morrisons - and even threw her work shoes away, but she wouldn't be convinced.

So is this any way to treat a lottery win? And is she alone in wanting to continue working?


She told the Daily Mirror that winning £2 million in June hadn't turned her head: "It's not changed me. I'm still going to work, for the moment, anyway. I have worked all my life. All my workmates are great. I just enjoy going."

The Star reported that she gets up at 5.30am four mornings a week to work at her local Morrisons.

She has spent some of the money. According to the Daily Mail she has been to Cambodia and Vietnam to see her son, and bought a £25,000 Vauxhall. She has also had a new kitchen and decorated the lounge. However, she has no plans to leave her three bedroom terrace home.

Surprisingly common

Her decisions are actually fairly common for someone who has had a major win. Camelot recommends that people don't do anything rash, so some 41% of winners carry on working - at least for a while.

In May this year, a district nurse was back on the night shift hours after winning £1 million. Back in January a bingo supervisor was called in the middle of her shift to let her know she had won £1 million. She heard the news and then went on to finish her shift.

One of the most striking examples is David Ashcroft, who 16 years after winning the lottery was still living with his parents and working as a furniture restorer. He had said that winning £12.3 million would not change his life, and he was right.

Some give up work, but after a blast of the high life, return to their day job. Luke Pittard from Wales won £1.3 million in 2006, but after buying a house, taking a holiday and getting married, he decided he'd had enough, so returned to work as a trainer for McDonalds - just a few weeks later. He said: "To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do."

And Carl Prance, a millionaire from Wales returned to work on the railways. He had quit his job after winning, but after spending a few months on holiday he decided that he missed his job.

Sadly, others have no choice but to stop work. Adrian Bayford, who won £148 million on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had vowed to continue running his music shop, but closed it at the end of last year because they were inundated with people visiting the shop to ask for money. He said he would start a new business making and repairing instruments from home.