If I Win the Lottery Tonight. Dickie Bird Umpire
Bird, Dickie, The Independent (London, England)
I DO play the lottery, but not every week as I am not always at home. I never bother getting a ticket when I'm away. I don't have any lucky numbers as I'm not superstitious. I go into the shop in the village and say "I'll have the lucky dip". But I've won nothing with that. I've never been anywhere near, even though I try all these different numbers.
If I were to win, I'd give quite a bit away to charity and invest a lot of it. I don't think I'd leave Barnsley. It's where I was born and bred. I'd like to make a lot of improvements to my 17th century cottage, a beautiful place which is full of history. John Wesley, the Methodist lay preacher, once stayed in the room that is now my bedroom. I'd be tempted to widen the rooms in the cottage, but it is listed so I probably wouldn't be allowed to.
I need somewhere to put all the memorabilia I've collected over the years, from being a player through to being an umpire. Everything is around on display at the moment, but all over the floor and all over the place. So I'd build The Dickie Bird Museum either in Barnsley, or, if they gave me …
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Publication information: Article title: If I Win the Lottery Tonight. Dickie Bird Umpire. Contributors: Bird, Dickie - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 24, 1998. Page number: 11. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.