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Lottery millionaire great-granddad thought he 'might have won £25'

Peter Congdon thought he had won £25. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A great-grandfather from Truro has hit the lottery jackpot, winning £13.5 million in last week's Lotto Rollover.

Three different people told Peter Congdon, 67, it was his lucky day after he won a few pounds on scratchcards three days in a row. When he got lucky on the Rollover his first thought was that he had won £25, before double checking with his daughter that it was the magic six.

“When she agreed with me, I came home and put my ticket in a book in the kitchen and made myself a cup of tea. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.”

– Peter Congdon, Lottery winning

Mr Congdon, a widower, is a father-of-three, grandfather-of-ten and great-grandfather-of-one in a close-knit family who all live nearby. He says he'll be treating himself and his children to new cars, but this year's family holiday won't be changing - they'll be going to Butlin's, as they have for 40 years.

Peter Congdon is looking forward to treating his close-knit family. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Congdon is the latest winner from the region, joining recent winners Jenn Burston from Exeter who won £3 million at Christmas, and a syndicate group from Plymouth who won last summer.

Cornish great-grandfather hits the lottery jackpot

A great grandfather from Cornwall has won £13.5 million on the lottery. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

A great-grandfather from Cornwall has won £13.5 million on the lottery.

He's the latest winner from the region, joining recent winners Jenn Burston from Exeter who won £3m at Christmas, and a syndicate group from Plymouth who won last summer.

All we know is that the great-grandfather is from Truro - his identity will be unveiled later today.

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Exeter £3 million lottery winner thought "I’ve won £3,000"

Mrs Burston has already been back to work. Credit: ITV News

Christmas has come early for Jenn Burston, a part-time administrator and mum of two young children, who has won £3,062,272 on the National Lottery.

The South West's newest millionaire did not match all 6 numbers, but got 5 and the bonus ball, and scooped a share of the £15 million jackpot after a quadruple rollover.

Mrs Burston had only returned to work a month ago after maternity leave, and has already been back since her huge windfall.

She and her husband Ian plan to buy a bigger home, book another holiday and look after their close family.

...my numbers were circled! I thought hang on a minute, I think I’ve won £3,000 and took my phone to go and show my husband.

All my husband Ian kept saying was, ‘are you sure it’s your ticket?’ ... Once we realised it was £3 million neither of us knew what to do next – so I called my mum and my husband called his dad, and by this time, it must have been after 11pm.

I keep asking myself, just how do you spend that sort of money? I’m sure with £3 million in the bank, the knack will come for us!

– Jenn Burston, lottery winner

Exeter woman wins £3m on the lottery

The lucky winner will be opening up about her good fortune later today. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Christmas has come early for an Exeter woman who has won £3,062,272 on Lotto.

The South West's newest millionaire did not match all 6 numbers, but got 5 and the bonus ball, and scooped a share of the £15 million jackpot after a quadruple rollover.

She will be opening up about her winter windfall later today - stay with us for updates on this lovely story.

20 years of the National Lottery

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Lottery, which sees around eight jackpot winners in the West Country every year.

But for Plymouth's Mike Antonucci, his £2.8 million win back in 1995 did not set him up for life. Instead he spent it all on fast cars, yachts and luxury holidays.

Mike Antonucci won £2.8 million in 1995 Credit: ITV News

"Well it probably lasted 14 years, yeah 14, 15 years. I mean do you want to take the money with you, do you want to be the richest man in the graveyard? I don't know, you know."

– Mike Antonucci, Lottery winner

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Cornish lottery winner talks about his £1m jackpot

Lee and wife Laura Orchard celebrating their win. Credit: National Lottery

A recording of the moment one of Cornwall’s most recent National Lottery winners discovered he had won £1million has been used in a nationwide campaign.

30 year old Lee Orchard from St Austell bought the lucky scratch card on a whim in March 2013 using a £5 note from a previous scratch card win.

The married father of two who works at his parents garden centre black acre nurseries in St Columb Major.

Lee said; “I clearly remember making the phonecall, it’s definitely the most excited I’ve ever been. It was an amazing moment and my next call was to my wife!”

Lee and wife Laura Orchard celebrating their win. Credit: National Lottery

Lee and his wife have now adapted to life after their win, buying the home they had always dreamed of in the village they both grew up in.

Hear Lee's phone call along with others here.

£5 scratch card turns into £1m scoop for Cornwall father

Lee Orchard 30 from St Austell bought the lucky scratch card on a whim using a £5 note from a previous scratch card win.

The married father of two who works at his parents garden centre black acre nurseries in St Columb Major couldn't believe his eyes when it came up as a million win.

Lee and wife Laura Orchard celebrating their win Credit: ITV News West Country

He got the shop to check it for him and was told to contact Camelot as the prize was too big.

He plans to move to a bigger house using their new found fortune.

He wants to take the kids to Disneyland when they are a bit older

Community projects get lottery funding

A village library in Dorset will soon be transformed into a vibrant community hub thanks to a £50,000 lottery award.

The volunteer-led Charmouth Central Community Library and Internet Cafe project will take over the running of the library from the local council.

They will then develop and expand the building into a multi-purpose community venue.

The project is one of eight to receive a share of about £343,000 across the South West thanks to The Big Lottery Fund's (Big) Village SOS scheme. In England, 35 projects have shared more than £1.4 million.

Being able to have an extension will allow volunteers to do much more than just keeping library services going. With Dorset County Council's help, we certainly intend to do that but we'll have so much more space that we can also have a comfortable internet cafe and a retail area for locally-produced goods.

– Hazel Robinson, chair of Friends of Charmouth Library

Other awards went to St Mellion Mobile Shop in Cornwall, which received about £50,000 and the Fresh Food Bus Mobile Village Shop in Wootton Fitzpaine, West Dorset £35,780.

These fantastic projects show what can be achieved when a community pulls together towards a single goal. With the rural way of life under threat from various factors, Village SOS has provided vital support for all sorts of community-run social enterprises.

– Mark Cotton, Big's head of the South West region