British student celebrates $12 million lottery win

Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:22pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The credit crisis and tight student budgets hold no fears for one British teenager who won 7 million pounds ($12.68 million) on the Lottery.

Ianthe Fullagar, 18, from Cumbria, northern England, said she still plans to go to university next year to study law, despite her huge win on the EuroMillions game.

Although she won't need a student loan or inflated overdraft, she said she hopes to be just like everyone else at college.

"I'm going to live the life of a student. I'm going to live in student digs," she told the BBC on Tuesday. "I love baked beans."

The teenager said she screamed so loudly when she checked her ticket that her dog jumped up and bit her on the bottom.

She hid her winning ticket in her bra before moving it to a jewelry box and then her gym bag while she waited for her win to be confirmed.

After receiving an over-sized check at an official ceremony, she said she plans to spend her winnings on her family and friends and a new Ford Ka.

(Reporting by Peter Griffiths, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>A customer selects numbers on a "EuroMillions" lottery ticket in a tobacconist shop in the small village of Truchtersheim near Strasbourg, France, February 2, 2006. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>