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   Inside Out - East Midlands: Monday September 25, 2006
Lottery special
Lee Ryan
"I felt unclean and tainted by it all."
Lottery winner Lee Ryan

Jackpot winners

Inside Out investigates two very different stories of what it's like to win the Lottery jackpot.

We managed to track down the East Midlands' first - and most notorious - Lottery millionaire, Lee Ryan from Leicester, who was stopping off in the city for a few days before moving to Spain.

He told us that winning the Lottery was the worst thing that could have happened to him.

Not long after the win, he spent 18 months in prison for stealing cars:

"I was laying in jail thinking what a worthless life I'd lived… What did I do to deserve it?

"After winning and seeing how people are with money and seeing how they chase it and adore it, it's just made me shallow. I felt unclean and tainted by it all."

Back to normal

When Michael and Jean O'Shea won more than £10 million on the Euromillions, they swore it wouldn't change them.

The O'Sheas at races
Winning ticket - the O'Sheas say the Lottery hasn't changed them

One year on and they've proved their point.

The couple still live in their former council house in Sneinton, Nottingham, and shop at their usual supermarket.

They've given most of the money to their family and invested the rest.

Carol asked them why they haven't moved to a big mansion somewhere, and the couple just laughed.

"We like the people, we like the neighbours", Michael told her.

"We've got a nice house here which I bought for £5,000 in 1976 and we've done it up. What more do we want?"

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National Space Centre
Space - the final frontier gets a Lottery boost

Saturday 23, 2006 was National Lottery Day - time to celebrate the £18.5 billion for good causes raised by all of us who've bought a Lottery ticket in the last 12 years.

So what's been the impact of the Lottery in the East Midlands?

Our reporter, Carol Hinds, started at the Victoria Centre in Nottingham where Anthea Turner hosted the very first Lottery outside broadcast back in 1994.

Since then, tens of millions of Lottery money has been spent in the East Midlands, but most people we talked to couldn't think of a single thing that's been paid for by Lottery largesse.

Lottery winners

Our two largest Lottery projects are the National Ice Centre in Nottingham (£22.5m) and the National Space Centre in Leicester (£33m).

But even there visitors didn't realise the Lottery had helped with funding.

National Ice Centre
Lottery winner - Nottingham's National Ice Centre

Many thought that most of the money went elsewhere and that the East Midlands is being short-changed.

Carol asked the East Midlands funding distributor Mick McGrath whether the Lottery has an image problem here.

He admitted that the East Midlands has often come near the bottom of the heap, but maintains that times are changing:

"In the early days of the Lottery, the big money did go to places like London but the East Midlands is now catching up and getting its fair share of Lottery money.

"We've funded more than 15,000 projects in the East Midlands - over £860 million has gone into the region. But the emphasis now is on small, community projects."

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Ted Moult

Ted Moult on TV show
Accidental celebrity Ted Moult strikes a pose

Twenty years ago Derbyshire lost one of its most familiar faces.

Ted Moult started out as a farmer but somehow found himself a household name.

In a world now obsessed with fame and fortune, we reveal the real story behind the man who stumbled into stardom… and became Britain's best loved 'accidental celebrity'.

And we investigate his tragic death 20 years ago this month.

The man behind the image

Edward Walker Moult led two very different lives.

He was first and foremost a farmer who left school at 17 and by 22 had his first dairy farm on the outskirts of Derby.

Ted's showbiz career started by chance in the late 1950's and he became an instant hit with the audience.

But despite being no 'Brain of Britain' and getting knocked out in the first round, Ted's quick wit and gift of the gab had been noticed by BBC producers.

By the mid 1960's Ted had hit the big time and was now a household name.

The quirky mixture of eccentric farmer, razor sharp wit and comedy timing proved a hit with audiences.

At such an early time in broadcasting, many of Ted's first appearances were never actually recorded and went out live.

But throughout this period he travelled the world with the BBC.

Britain's best loved farmer

Ted Moult
Big moment - Ted Moult on TV's Countdown

As Ted gradually became Britain's best loved farmer, his TV appearances became more and more frequent.

One of his biggest moments came in 1982 when he helped launch Channel 4.

By 1986 Ted had combined a 30 year career in show business with his life back on the farm.

But that summer his friends and family had noticed a change in the man.

This usually bright and cheerful chap had become worried and withdrawn.

His wife Maria told us, "he suddenly became massively depressed and his judgement seemed to fail.

"All his optimism seemed to evaporate. It was almost as though a curtain fell over his life."

Nowadays Ted would have been treated for severe clinical depression.

But instead his mental health worsened - on September 3rd 1986 he shot himself.

Looking back over Ted's life very few people can hope to achieve as much as he did.

And in his own words taken from his autobiography, "people who live a full life are fortunate", and during his 60 years Ted managed to do just that.

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