Netting himself a fortune?

A former Chelsea footballer has won the lottery, claiming £5.5m as prize money. Lucky Terry Bradbury hit the jackpot in last Saturday’s Lotto draw.

Like he needs the money!

While today’s Premier League footballers command a weekly pay packet of over £30,000 on average, Mr Bradbury, who played alongside the likes of Jimmy Greaves and Terry Venables in the late 1950s, earned a modest £25 per week, receiving a £4 win bonus and £2 for a draw.

Which teams did he play for?

Mr Bradbury, 75, began his career with Chelsea in 1957. He made 29 appearances for the First Division club before moving to Southend United in 1962 and then going on to play for Leyton Orient. In 1967 he moved to Wrexham before joining rivals Chester.

Does he always fork out for ticket or was this a one-off?

The retired midfielder, who lives in Buxton, Derbyshire, with wife Ann, 73, said they usually picked the same numbers every week, but they scooped the multimillion-pound prize at the weekend after purchasing a Lucky Dip ticket, where the numbers are generated at random. “We just felt like a change so threw two Lucky Dip lines on – and we are so glad we did,” Mr Bradbury said

How will they spend their winnings?

The couple are looking forward to treating their grandchildren and plan to splash out on a villa in Spain. “Looking after our sons and our nine grandchildren is a priority,” Mrs Bradbury said. “It is wonderful to think that none of our children will have a mortgage or any stress for the rest of their lives. This win provides our family with security and this is what pleases Terry and myself more than anything.”

They won’t be frittering away any of that cash on lottery tickets, I’d wager.

The average weekly lottery player loses £150 a year and is more likely to get struck by lightning than win it big, even once, but old habits die hard for this couple. “We will definitely be continuing to play – and will probably stick with Lucky Dips too,” Mr Bradbury added.

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