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National Lottery winners reveal what they are spending their money on – from crazy golf courses to steam trains | UK News

What would you do if you won the lottery?

This year’s Lotto winners plan to spend their money in very different ways – from building a crazy golf course, to buying a steam train.

David Lawrence from Surrey wants a crazy golf course in his back garden to help those with mental health and social care needs after winning £1m in September.

A philanthropist, Mr Lawrence has spent more than 30 years fundraising for good causes and said he believed in the power of altruism.

He said: “I am a true believer that it really is better to give than to receive and my fundraising and charity work is more than just a passion for me, it’s my life’s work.

“It may sound a little crazy but I’ve seen over the years that physically engaging activities really do help and inspire young adults with mental health and social care needs.”

He hopes many can benefit from his golf course which is also one of his passions.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 Undated handout photo issued by Camelot of David Lawrence who plans to build a crazy golf course in his back garden after his £1 million Lotto win. Issue date: Tuesday December 26, 2023.
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David Lawrence plans to build a crazy golf course in his back garden

Meanwhile, 70-year-old grandmother Doris Stanbridge was the lucky winner of £10,000 a month, every month, for 30 years and has planned holidays since her retirement.

She said: “It still seems a bit strange when I think about the win and that I will get that money every month for 30 years. It gives me a reason to be around until I am 100.”

EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 Undated handout photo issued by Camelot of Doris and Keith Stanbridge from Dorking celebrate £10,000 every month for the next 30 years Set for Life win from The National Lottery. Issue date: Tuesday December 26, 2023.
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Doris and Keith Stanbridge celebrate £10,000 every month for the next 30 years

Steam train enthusiast Neil Leighton from Hereford plans to get one of his own after he landed a £1m prize on an Instant Win Game last month.

He said: “Ever since my grandpa took me to see my first steam train when I was three, I have been fascinated.”

Mr Leighton said that “if someone had told me I’d be a millionaire I’d… have laughed. Just goes to show, magic can happen”.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 Undated handout photo issued by Camelot of Neil Leighton celebrates his 1M National Lottery win at the Talyllyn Railway. Issue date: Tuesday December 26, 2023.

And Karleen Reece and her husband Mark are going to treat their three children and then transition to fostering.

Ms Reece said: “I’ve always wanted to foster children. Mark and I discussed it many years ago and then we had our own.”

Her three kids will be leaving home soon and the lottery win has given the mother a chance to become a caregiver.

“I have too much love to give,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to foster but never had the right circumstances.

“The win will allow me to do this.”

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 Undated handout photo issued by Camelot of Karleen Reece and her husband Mark who are going to treat their three children and then start the journey to fostering following their Lottery win. Issue date: Tuesday December 26, 2023.
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Karleen Reece and her husband Mark aim to begin fostering following their Lottery win

The biggest jackpot won in the UK this year was £111.7m, which was taken home by an anonymous single ticket holder back in June.

A new National Lottery millionaire was made every day on average in 2023 – with more than £4.5bn paid out in total and 757 National Lottery players winning a major prize of £50,000 or above this year.

In the last reported financial year, almost £1.9bn was raised for National Lottery Good Causes, which goes towards thousands of projects aiming to make a difference in communities across the country.

Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “Lives are being changed every day – all with a little pink ticket.”

There’s still a chance to become a millionaire this year with a £15m Lotto “Must Be Won” jackpot up for grabs on 30 December.

All the winners from the TV BAFTAs as Kate Winslet and Ben Whishaw secure gongs | Ents & Arts News

It was a night of glitz and glamour, with the stars descending on the Royal Festival Hall for the biggest night in the UK television calendar.

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet picked up an award for best leading actress while Ben Whishaw took the gong for leading actor for his performance as the under-pressure doctor in This Is Going to Hurt.

The night was not without its surprises though, with long-running drama Casualty beating EastEnders, Emmerdale and last year’s winner Coronation Street for best soap and continuing drama.

And child actor Lenny Rush, 14, from Daisy May Cooper’s dark comedy Am I Being Unreasonable? also won the award for best male performance in a comedy programme – beating the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Pointing and Matt Berry.

Meanwhile, The Masked Singer also fought off competition from Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing to win best entertainment programme.

During the night, Sir Mo Farah, who won a BAFTA award for his BBC One documentary The Real Mo Farah, dedicated his documentary to “children who are being trafficked”.

Ben Whishaw, with the award for Leading Actor, for This Is Going To Hurt, at the Bafta Television Awards 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Picture date: Sunday May 14, 2023.
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Ben Whishaw
Sir Mo Farah and his partner Tania, with the award for Single Documentary, for The Real Mo Farah, at the Bafta Television Awards 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Picture date: Sunday May 14, 2023.
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Sir Mo Farah and his partner Tania

Collecting the prize at the event, the four-time Olympic champion said he hoped his story showed the “kids who have no say at all” that “they are not alone”.

He said: “The kids have no say at all, they are just kids and no child should ever go through what I did, I hope my story shows they aren’t alone, we are in it together.”

The award show also saw the musical drama Mood, which tells the story of a budding singer trying to make it in the industry, take the award for best mini-series.

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Creator and writer Nicole Lecky thanked the women who entrusted her with their stories and dedicated her award to her mother who passed away when she was 19 years old.

“It was such an uphill battle in life,” she said.

“For me to be stood here, I hope it inspires others who have been through something that is insurmountable.”

Also picking up the award for best feature show was Joe Lycett Vs Beckham: Got Your Back at Xmas which saw the comedian lock horns with the former footballer last year to highlight the true cost of the Qatar World Cup.

Claudia Winkleman with the award for Entertainment Performance, The Traitors, at the Bafta Television Awards 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Picture date: Sunday May 14, 2023.
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Claudia Winkleman
(Left to right) Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, Sharon Horgan and Anne-Marie Duff, with the award for Drama Series, for Bad Sisters, at the Bafta Television Awards 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Picture date: Sunday May 14, 2023.
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(Left to right) Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, Sharon Horgan and Anne-Marie Duff, with the award for Drama Series, for Bad Sisters

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While Lycett was not present to pick up his award, a member of his production team read a statement from the comedian on stage in which he thanked Channel 4 for its support and dedicated the award to the “people still being oppressed in Qatar”.

Here is a full rundown of the winners

  • Female performance in a comedy programme: Siobhan McSweeney – Derry Girls
  • Reality and constructed factual: The Traitors
  • Short form programme: How To Be A Person
  • Specialist factual: Russia 1985-1999: Traumazone
  • Daytime: The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit
  • Sports coverage: Uefa Women’s Euro 2022
  • Male performance in a comedy programme: Lenny Rush – Am I Being Unreasonable?
  • Entertainment Programme: The Masked Singer
  • Supporting actress: Anne-Marie Duff – Bad Sisters
  • Current affairs: Children Of The Taliban
  • News coverage: Channel 4 News: Live In Kyiv
  • Single drama: I Am Ruth
  • Mini-series: Mood
  • International: Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Feature: Joe Lycett vs Beckham: Got Tour Back At Xmas
  • Drama series: Bad Sisters
  • Factual series: Libby, Are You Home Yet?
  • Single documentary: The Real Mo Farah
  • Comedy entertainment programme: Friday Night Live
  • Soap and continuing drama: Casualty
  • Live event: Platinum Jubilee – Party At The Palace
  • Entertainment performance: Claudia Winkleman – The Traitors
  • Special awards: David Olusoga
  • P&O Cruises Memorable moment: Platinum Jubilee – Party At The Palace Paddington Meets The Queen
  • Supporting actor: Adeel Akhtar – Sherwood
  • Leading actor: Ben Whishaw – This Is Going To Hurt
  • Leading actress: Kate Winslet – I Am Ruth
  • Scripted comedy: Derry Girls

The ceremony also saw actress Siobhan McSweeney win best female performance in a comedy programme for her role as headteacher Sister Michael in the hit comedy Derry Girls.

In her humorous speech she said: “To the people in Derry, thank you taking me into your hearts and your living rooms.”

She also hit out at leaders in Dublin, Stormont and Westminster, adding: “In the words of my beloved Sister Michael, ‘it’s time they started to wise up’.”

Other poignant speeches came from Winslet who won the best actress award for her performance in Channel 4’s drama I Am Ruth, which sees the actress witness her real-life daughter Mia Threapleton retreat into herself due to the pressures of social media.

Kate Winslet and Mia Threapleton attending the Bafta Television Awards 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Picture date: Sunday May 14, 2023.
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Kate Winslet and Mia Threapleton

In an emotional speech, Winslet said: “If I could break it in half, I would give the other half to my daughter, we did this together, kiddo.”

The actress also said that “small British television dramas can be mighty” and mental health stories such as this one “need to be heard”.

It was the second appearance from Winslet who joined the team of I Am Ruth on stage earlier in the night as they accepted the BAFTA TV award for single drama.

Winners of Love Island 2022 crowned, with Michael Owen’s daughter finishing in second place | Ents & Arts News

Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti have been crowned as this year’s winners of Love Island.

The 27-year-old Turkish actress from Essex and Italian business owner, also 27, won over fans with their fiery but passionate relationship that lasted most of the series.

They beat Gemma Owen, who is the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen, and Luca Bish in the final two, while Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope finish third.

Tasha Ghouri, who was the show’s first deaf contestant, and Andrew Le Page finished in fourth place.

ITV this year scrapped the option for one of the winning couple to steal all of the prize money for themselves.

Ekin-Su and Davide arrived in the Love Island villa early on in the series as bombshells and despite initially being attracted to each other, they suffered a rocky relationship, with the Italian labelling Ekin-Su as “fake as Louis Vuitton from China”.

However, they were later inseparable and dubbed themselves the “Italian snack” and “Turkish delight”, eventually professing their love for each other.

When they were announced as the winners, Ekin-Su burst into tears and Davide gasped and said: “I can’t believe it.”

Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti, Gemma Owen and Luca Bish, Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope, Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page with Laura Whitmore
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(From left) Luca Bish, Gemma Owen, Ekin-Su Sanclimenti, Laura Whitmore, Indiyah Polack, Dami Hope, Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page


This year’s Love Island was hosted by Laura Whitmore.

The current series of Love Island has been a ratings success, securing its biggest launch episode since 2019.

ITV has also announced there will be two series of the show in 2023 – a winter series in South Africa and a summer series in Majorca.

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