Double lottery winner 'not that bothered'
A property developer who won the lottery twice says he wasn't "that bothered" by his £1.2m wins and that sky-diving was more exciting.
George Traykov, 45, from Ilford, Essex, was so laid back about his second big money win that he didn't even claim it until two months later.
The "happily divorced" father-of-one, beat odds of one-in-438 million when he won £160,873 in the EuroMillions prize earlier this year.
His win came after he scooped £1 million in the Millionaire Raffle in September 2011.
He joked that his windfall could have been even bigger, after coming up one number short of claiming an astonishing £12 million in the "big jackpot".
But Mr Traykov, who was once a member of the Bulgarian skydiving team, insisted the thrill of winning the lottery was nothing compared to jumping out of a plane.
"I wasn't really that bothered," the adrenalin addict said of his lottery win. "Nothing compares with skydiving.
"The first win enabled me to make a few changes in my life, most importantly sending my daughter Elaine to private school and maintaining her skydiving training sessions."
He said he had no plans to move away from Ilford where he has lived for nearly 20 years.
"I didn't know anyone at that time and I didn't have much money and the only place I could afford a home was Ilford," he said. "The place, the area, it is very safe, I have lovely neighbours."
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What a smug creature!! If the money doesn't bother him or mean anything to him then why doesn't he do some good with the money!? He could split it up the money and give numerous donations to charities that ensure for example that children born into this world with 'nothing' are given a chance to live and thrive. Or kiddies with terminal illnesses are given the opportunity to have that 'dream' fulfilled, while they can and bring a little happiness to their traumatic lives.
Agreed adam he could use the money to do so much good for deserving causes.
Give it away then.
Why play the lottery then? He isn't that bothered likely because he has a bit of cash already. A property developer isn't exactly minimum wage, is it? Greedy little... I can sort of understand where he's coming from though with the second win. If you've already won £1 million, then £160,000 must feel like pocket money. Even so, it's still a big win. I'd certainly be happy to to win that.
Do some good with it, then! Buy a pet/ct scanner for a local hospital, anything! But please don't say " your not bothered!" If that's the case why do it in first place!!!
Agree with all of you, in that pic He resembles My brother-in-law.
Cripes, man, send a bit my way then - I play the lottery as well, but in the hope I might win because I need to!
Me to movvi, hundred grand win would do me fine,and if Mr.Traykov has a grand he don't want then i can sure help him out. lol
Yes - hundred QUID would do sometimes!
BRAG,BRAG,BRAG. If he's not bothered why don't he give it all away am sure there would be plenty of people out there prepared to help him get shut of it.Just a publicity stunt to promote his business in these HARD times.
I suggest he goes down to a Childrens Cancer ward or Childs Hospice and she what " I wasn't really bothered" money could do for these childrean and there families, or better still, p*** off back to Bulgaria or go one better and try the ultimate adrenalin rush sky diving without his parachute!!
Not envious much then. He paid his cash to buy the ticket so can do whatever he likes with it. I agree he can do a lot to help others but it is up to him. I would certainly not say he should "go home" or kill himself. Really hate this, "Someone else has it so I should too" attitude in this country.
Personally I never do the Lottery and have no interest in making a lot of money as it is the root of all evil. Furthermore, one has no say in which 'good cause' one's money is donated to. Traykov won the money. I hope it makes him happy.
You are incorrect money is not the root of all evil people them self are the root of all evil in the same way money does not change a person a person changes them self. In my long time playing the lotto i have seen 2 friends win big enough to quit there job and the money did not change them infact it enabled them to pay of there house and then help out family members and to this day they have not changed one bit and it did not change them into money monsters
The guy obviously has no idea what struggling to survive financially means.
I win £1 every lorry drawing. I keep the money I would have lost on a ticket and thus am now 10 years times 2 drawings a week better off. That's £1,000 in my pocket that I would have thrown away on Loser tickets.
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A property developer - so he's well off anyway.Send some of it my way!I have a theory that only rich people win the lottery,since I've been using the same set of numbers since I started ten years ago and the most I've ever won is a tenner
Is this supposed to be NEWS,Am sure i saw this last week or is it same guy winning again this week.
What a total banker. Hope his chute fails the smug son of a ...