A bloke who won millions on the lottery when he was just 23-years-old has revealed how he kept himself “grounded”.
Lucky Ben Woods scooped up a whopping £2,485,736 in 2004 with a ticket his mum bought him.
But whilst some other lottery winners would have splashed the cash on booze and bling, Ben says he’s settled down "to a normal life" just three miles up the road from his family home.
The down-to-earth Scouser, who is now aged 40, says not getting carried away is all about “just trying to stay the same as what you are”.
Last week, the millionaire spent the day at the beach – but instead of relaxing in the Bahamas, he was litter picking in Brighton.
Along with other National Lottery winners, Ben carried out the beach clean to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "I was just happy to have the opportunity to raise awareness.
"It's up to you how you deal with (the lottery win), it's about just trying to stay the same as what you are and stay a bit grounded.
"I was young and it is a lot of money, but not when you think you want to enjoy a long time – it's different if you win when you're 50.
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"I bought my house, bought my sister a house and I've travelled on money and things like that.
“It's been fantastic and really was a life changing amount of money to win."
Ben admitted that some people don’t understand why he stayed put in his local town of Birkenhead.
"A lot of people say I wouldn't stay round here,” he said.
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“But all my mates and family are here, just because you can move away anywhere, it doesn't mean everybody around you can come with you.
"When I won, I went through the financial aspect of what I chose, I got so much and so much was invested.”
Now, the former rail worker is happily married with kids and says he enjoys his “normal life”.
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