Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grain of an Idea for Big Lottery Win; Grandfather Plans to Build a Garden Shed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grain of an Idea for Big Lottery Win; Grandfather Plans to Build a Garden Shed

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Byline: Neil McKay

LOTTERY winner Michael Wigham plans to celebrate a pounds 500,000 windfall - by building his own garden shed.

Grandfather-of-four Michael, 62, from St Bede Crescent, Thornley, near Peterlee, County Durham, banked a pounds 524,020 share of the Lotto jackpot on Saturday.

And yesterday, the former chairman of his local Age Concern branch listed as his priorities: house, shed, savings.

He explained: "At my age there is not a lot I want. Most of the money will be saved for my children and grandchildren. But I do want to buy my council house and build my own garden shed. I will use the money to buy the wood and build a proper one, not the sort of second rate ones you get in some shops."

Michael's wife Liz, 60, had another idea, however.

"A new kitchen is definitely on my list of priorities," she said firmly.

Michael is father to Joanne, 39, and John, 32, and grandfather to Katelyn, three, Chelsea, seven, Gary, 15 and Gemma, 20. …

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