UK lottery winner plans to grow better carrots

Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:55am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A 74-year-old amateur gardener who scooped a 25 million pound ($41 million) lottery prize said on Tuesday he would spend part of his winnings hiring an expert to learn how to grow better carrots.

Brian Caswell said he had always struggled with the vegetable on the prize-winning allotment he maintains with his Joan, 71, in Halliwell, near Bolton in northwest England.

"I've been trying to grow carrots ever since I've been on that allotment and I've never had any success," he told reporters at a televised briefing.

"What I'm going to do now is bring a professional in and say, 'Right, sort that out.'"

He said the couple had decided to go public with the news of their huge win in last Friday's EuroMillions draw on the advice of lottery operator Camelot.

"How could you keep that secret?" he said. "The answer is you can't."

His wife said she was still adjusting to her sudden wealth, which saw the couple's win splashed on the front of the top-selling Sun and Daily Mirror tabloids.

"Usually we are the people sitting watching the television, and now everybody is sitting watching Brian and I."

(Reporting by Tim Castle; Editing by Steve Addison)