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  • 15 March 2013, 11:30

Double lottery winner 'not that bothered'

George Traykov /Rex

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."