Great Yarmouth winds blow novelty Lotto volleyball match off course
PUBLISHED: 13:32 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:32 02 October 2013
With blustery Great Yarmouth beach as their venue, the destination of the inflatable volleyball was always going to be a lottery.
In the end the novelty number seven lottery ball nestled in the Pirates’ Cove Adventure Golf course, after a trip along the prom, via some barbed wire.
But Lowestoft lottery winner Jean Swatman and the UEA volleyball team - whose Sportspark has benefited from £14.5m of lottery funding - saw the funny side of the predicament.
They were all assembled at Central Beach this morning for the official launch of the new, bigger Lotto.
UEA players put on brave faces as they played in the bitter cold for the cameras, before a puncture ended the unpredictable game of volleyball.
And after retreating to the warmth of the Joyland Diner, Mrs Swatman told how her life has changed since her £2m win in June.
“It’s been a bit manic really,” revealed the 62-year-old. “I’ve been to Vietnam to visit my son, and Cambodia.”
But grandmother Mrs Swatman insisted she had not made any “extravagant purchases”.
“Just the car [a new Vauxhall Antara],” she smiled. “And I had my kitchen and lounge revamped.”
She still lives in her three-bedroom terrace, works at Morrisons and her daughter teases her for her bargain-hunting tendencies.
And she said her friends and family have been “brilliant”.
“Sometimes the grandchildren say ‘nanny...’ and I have to say ‘no!’ though,” she joked.
New Lotto, starting this Saturday, costs £2 per line with at least 50 winners scooping £20,000 each, bigger jackpots and bigger prizes for matching three numbers. This weekend’s draw includes a £10m jackpot and 1,000 guaranteed £20,000 prizes.