'Skint' man says he doesn't resent ex's £14.5 million lottery win

Mum of four plans holiday and new home

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Mother of four Beverley Doran, 37, from West Yorkshire, celebrates at the Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Bradford after scooping a £14,509,500 jackpot prize on last Friday's (17 Feb 2017) EuroMillions draw.

A Bradford mum who gave up work to care for her autistic children has won £14.5 million in last Friday's EuroMillions lottery - and her ex won't see a penny.

Beverley Doran, 37, was a receptionist until two years ago, but has been living on benefits since two of her children were diagnosed with autism. After a 12-year relationship, she split up with the father of three of her children a few months ago and has since looked after them on her own.

But when checking her phone in bed on Saturday morning, she saw an email from the National Lottery telling her to check her online account.

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"I could see the jackpot amount but couldn't work out what I'd won," she says. "Then I slowly realised it was one UK winner and that that person was me. It was taking a very long time to sink in."

Beverley woke her eldest son to tell him the news, before trying to get in touch with her mum - who didn't answer at first as she was in the shower.

She says she's already been on a shopping spree and had a stay in a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She's also started looking around for a new home, though she wants to stay within driving distance of her children's current schools.

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Her former partner and father of three of her children, Sean Priestley, might be expected to be a little bitter - but tells the Telegraph and Argus that he's delighted by her win.

"I'm just thrilled to bits for her and to know that the kids are going to be going to be financially secure," he says.

And, he posts on Facebook, "My ex has won the lottery from Last week ...shes already assured me I will never see a penny so please don't ask me to have a word see if I can borrow owt or Invest in anything...its nothing to do with me I am n probably always will be skint"

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The ex-wife of another lottery winner took a similar attitude last summer. Mandy Reynolds divorced husband Keith two years before he and new partner Sonia Davies won £61 million, but said: "There is no bitterness on my part at all."

Some ex-partners, though, are rather more demanding. Last year, a US lottery winner's ex-partner successfully sued for a percentage of her $1 million win on the grounds that he'd given her the cash to buy the ticket. It was just a shame she'd already spent it all...


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