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National Lottery: How four jackpot winners changed their lives

Saturday's National Lottery draw could create its record prize winner with a jackpot of nearly £60m up for grabs following 14 consecutive rollovers.

But how did four previous Lotto winners spend their windfalls?

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Susan Herdman was working as a hairdresser when she scooped £1.2m in January 2010.

She had been told by a clairvoyant that her numbers would come up and her faith in that prediction was so strong that she even posted a message on Facebook stating that she would one day be a Lottery winner.

Since banking her prize, Susan, from Hereford, has been living her dreams and focused particularly on her hobby of Autograss racing, becoming a national champion. She has also written a book - Luck? Or Divine Inspiration? Life Is A Lottery.

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Niki Otterburn is another who has been free to develop her competitive edge since winning £2.2m on the National Lottery in 2001.

She was working as a fitness instructor at a gym in Leeds when her numbers came in and, after continuing in the same job for a while, she revived her childhood love of horse-riding.

She invested her money in a smallholding, built her own stables and now competes in three-day eventing with her horse Wizzi Pippin, as well as offering tuition to young riders at her own riding school.


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Dione and Richard Buss from Somerset have ensured they have enjoyed their free time since winning their £1.9m prize in 2013 - having famously rescued the ticket from the waste paper bin.

Dione, who worked as a local tax collector, has multiple sclerois but the win instantly allowed her to forget her own financial pressures. Amid the holidays at home and abroad, she and Richard also took the decision to give up some time volunteering at a series of charity projects, including a centre that helps disabled people enjoy horse riding.

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Sometimes Lottery money can simply be used to upgrade a life which is already being enjoyed.

Meredith Davies from Lampeter, Ceredigion, was an agricultural worker when he won £2m in October 2004 and felt he was already blessed when he was awarded a Prince's Trust grant to set up his own business to repair tractors, ploughs and combine harvesters.

His huge windfall enabled him to buy a farm and become his own boss. He now breeds Welsh cob ponies.

As one of nine children, he has kept to his plan of sharing his good fortune with his close family.

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