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£11m lottery winner to buy knee op

A joiner who was forced to give up work 15 years ago when he injured his knee has said that he can now afford an operation - after winning more than £11 million on the lottery.

Unemployed Peter Redikin, 50, from Cheadle Heath, Greater Manchester, had an accident in 1995 and could no longer work or play sport.

But he and his wife, Jacqueline, 48, won £11,178,334 in Wednesday night's double rollover draw, and he now plans to get his knee fixed.

He said: "I had an accident with my knee, I've not worked since. I can't do anything about it. Well, perhaps I can do something about it now!"

Mr Redikin said he thought he had "only won a tenner" when he first looked at his numbers - but soon realised he was in fact a multi-millionaire. He said: "I was dumbstruck, I was shaking and crying, I didn't believe it at first.

"It feels a bit frightening at the moment. It is good to know we have got security for life but it is all just a bit frightening."

The couple, who have two sons, warehouse worker Michael, 27, and plasterer Carl, 24, said they also want to go on the Orient Express with the winnings.

Manchester United football fan Mr Redikin said it felt "fantastic" to be presented with the cheque on the pitch at Old Trafford.

He might be tempted to splash out on a season ticket to watch the Reds, he added.

The lucky numbers were 14, 17, 22, 24, 38 and 43 - the same line the couple have been playing since the Lotto started.


From Belfast Telegraph