WHAT would you do if you won £148 million?
I don't mean which extravagant purchases would you lavish on friends and family or how many swanky sports cars would be sitting in your garage. But would you tell anyone? I know I wouldn't.
That's why I never cease to be amazed when I see photographs of lottery winners ecstatically spraying champagne around like Lewis Hamilton atop a Formula One podium.
By all means, splash out on some bubbly; hell, fill a swimming pool with the stuff if it takes your fancy. But why tell the world that you have become an instant multi-millionaire as Adrian and Gillian Bayford did last week?
Going public as a lottery winner is akin to sticking a giant target on your back and declaring open season for the inevitable begging letters and petted lips of jealous acquaintances sucking all the joy out of your good fortune.
It's something Britain's biggest ever lottery winners, Colin and Christine Weir – who won a £161m EuroMillions jackpot last year – could perhaps relate to. The couple have been hugely generous with their windfall, helping everything from the ailing Waverley paddle steamer to a young boy who needed a prosthetic limb.
Yet in the days after going public they faced being hounded out of their home by hundreds of people asking them for money. No-one deserves that pressure – even if they do have a spare few million kicking around.
So if I do win the lottery, my nearest and dearest can expect their lives to change beyond their wildest dreams, but they will also be politely asked to sign a watertight confidentiality agreement, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Beckhams' last staff recruitment drive. And I will be placing a firm tick in the "no publicity" box.
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