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Man who cheated death twice wins £4m lotto jackpot

Graham Tustain
Image caption Mr Tustain uses a walking aid and will now look for a new bungalow that allows him to get around easily

A man who twice cheated death and was told he would never walk again has scooped more than £4m on the National Lottery.

Graham Tustain, from Oxfordshire, survived a motorbike crash which left him in a coma for 13 weeks in 1984.

In 2003 the 47-year-old had another accident when a tyre burst and his car flipped into a hedge.

On Saturday he won £4,425,001 in the Lotto draw but only found out the next morning after returning from the pub.

The Oxford United fan said the win would not change him and he still planned to go to weekly dominoes and darts sessions.

He said: "I went straight to my coat pocket to check the ticket, unfolded it and went along the line and went 'yes'."

He said the win had not yet sunk in but he had already started splashing the cash by ordering a brand new £30,000 XC60 Volvo.

Hung upside down

Mr Tustain uses a walking aid and said he also would look for a new bungalow that allowed him to get around easily.

He said: "I had a motorbike accident when I was 21. A drunk driver reversed straight out and knocked me off.

"When he got out of the car, he just fell over, or at least that's what people say, but I was unconscious."

He was left with brain damage, a punctured lung, a smashed pelvis, ruptured spleen, a fractured hip and a broken ankle.

"I had to learn how to walk again and all that stuff. The doctors said I wouldn't walk again but I soon proved them wrong, because you've got to keep persevering," he said.

Nineteen years later Mr Tustain was left hanging upside down inside his car for four-and-a-half hours after a crash.

His family said his head had swelled to twice the size of a football when they went to see him in hospital.

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