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Friday, August 17, 2007


The furious son of a hoaxer who convinced a town he'd won the £35.4m Euro lottery has spoken of his anger.
Jordan Frater quit his job after his father Fergus, 46, promised him a £5m share of the jackpot.
Roofer Jordan told The Sun: "I could kill him. I'm absolutely gutted."

"When dad told me he'd won the lottery, I phoned my boss to tell him I was leaving. I've had to get back on the phone and beg for my job back.
"I don't know why dad would have done this to us. We're in shock. We can't get hold of him."
Jobless Frater, who had gone missing last night, also pledged to give his sister Lorraine, 41, £1m after bragging he had the record-breaking ticket.
Jordan said he and his pregnant girlfriend Lucy Scrivens, 25, started making plans to move to Australia with their young daughter as soon as Frater bragged that he had won the huge jackpot.
He said: "One minute I was a multi-millionaire, the next I was back to having nothing."
Scottish-born Frater vanished from his flat in Littlehampton, West Sussex, after telling his family he was off to claim the money.
Earlier he posed for pictures with a EuroMillions ticket as he downed pints during a pub crawl. His local paper even splashed news of his windfall on its front page

Story Courtesy of Orange
(I know... The photo has nothing to do with the story...
It's off a boating holiday in the Midlands.)
What would you do with £35 Million (or $70M)?



Blogger Merisi said...

Get a new camera. *grin*

18/8/07 12:32 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Love the pic.

But what a tragedy, but why the heck did he quit his job before confirming the story - I woulda say fisrt "show me da money!" So was his dad crazy?

18/8/07 8:32 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Merisi, with £35M you can buy a Hollywood studio, not just a camera... ;o)

Thanks, Bella.
Well, in Scotland they love practical jokes.
It was a woman who really won the Euro Lottery £35M.

18/8/07 9:13 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I read about this in the newspaper today. Apparently Dad and Son are reconciled now. Frater said he would have told people earlier that it was just a joke but he was amazed at how many people crawled out of the woodwork claiming to be his friend and just wanted to see them squirm a bit longer!

£35M - all my family and TRUE friends would never have to work again and more importantly neither would I!

18/8/07 10:50 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

That was one hell of a joke, Cream!

18/8/07 11:14 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Akela, the smell of money does bring out all sorts out of the woodwork.
I wonder how many of those
so-called friends will hang around Frater now.
Yes, £35M same here. The rest I'd spend travelling till I die.

Bella, a real life joke!

18/8/07 11:42 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Hahahaha, if what Akela says is true, that Frater wanted them to squirm a bit, then I like Frater. He doesn't need those folks who only like him for his *money*.

Boooo to his son, if his father had actually won the money, it would've belonged to HIS FATHER, what a barefaced son, planning what he'd do with something that doesn't belong to him.

What would I do with all that moolah? I'd invest, invest, let the moolah grow.

I'd give my siblings and my mum some, I'd publish my own books and market them myself yee hawww. I'd travel. I'd buy music from around the world, and a really good player with great speakers. I'd take belly dancing classes. And I'd help educate poor children in my country.

18/8/07 3:13 PM  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

Ha, I like the sound of that joker..hee hee. I would do exactly what I do now but not worry so much about where the next shilling was coming from, see more of my kids and of course sort them and my folks out money wise, tho not too much for the kids, they need to work you know, oh and I would pop over to your gaff for a slap up meal and give you some paintings and a jolly BIG tip!
Maybe I should do the lottery once in a while.

18/8/07 4:49 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

sad, really - that son sounds a bit of a mess! Perhaps good for him; maybe, when tempers cool, he'll think through his responses and learn something.

what would I do? hard to know, really. quit my job immediately, of course. Set up trusts for my niece and nephew, grand-nephew. Bank most of it until the dust settles and my head clears. Probably put a 6 month moritorium on doing anything particularly extravagant. (This doesn't include my usual modest style of travel, traveling would begin immediately!) Have always wished to establish some small scholarships at community colleges. Better several small ones, imho, than one or two lavish ones. Would like to do that at my home town community college. In those days they had a small "slush fund" that enabled them to use discretion in urgent cases, they paid my tuition for two years. That's something I must pay back in multiples before I retire. Discretion has evaporated, and when that happens kids fall through the cracks.

18/8/07 5:05 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

The woman who won the 35 million looked like she had no idea how to even start spending it. Why did she go public? It will probably ruin her life. I don't do the lottery so no danger there.

19/8/07 12:38 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I owuld throw a helluva a party and yer all invited!!!

19/8/07 8:33 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Just checking if you're still here or made off with the £ 35 Million. *grin*

20/8/07 3:17 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Do you what Cream I really don't know what I'd do. I would make sure everyone I love was ok, and watch with intrest the friends and family that crawed out of the woodwork to re-claim their friendship! What would you do?

21/8/07 12:05 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Gigi, that’s the idea. Belly dancing classes! I have always fancied that… But do you have to be a millionaire before you start taking them?

Sarah, many would dream of the life you have right now. And yes, a little bit of money would secure stuff. And you’re wise about the kids. They need to learn about money.
You are welcome to a slap up meal even if you don’t win the lottery. Thanks for the tip!

Hayden, I wonder how the son handed in his resignation. Did he burn his bridges?
Enjoy your wise spending!

Daphnée, wouldn’t you go public to piss all your jealous ex-friends and acquaintances?
Val, thanks for the invite! I’m on my way

Merisi, I think I’d go public if I won £35m. And write about my travels on my private jet. And I’d get an even better camera.

Q, welcome back!! You have the right idea. Me, I’d just travel, travel till I die.

22/8/07 9:41 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

I would set up a trust fund for all the people who matter..
just enough to get ahead...

see the world,
set up protective parks for enslaved animals to retire in and repay their cruel owners with long, slow, painful work related injuries,

um let's see build schools in the third world, and arrange premature retirements for greedy dictators and politicians,

and write, produce, direct and star in a movie about a poolboy who works for three wealthy, incurable nymphomaniacs, played by Salma Hayek, Monica Bellucci, and Greta Scacchi, who repay his kindness by financing his ascent to become the powerful head of a Worldwide Government and starts World War 3 before being overthrown by the zany antics of Don Rickles and Peter Sellers.

I'll just waste the rest of the money on something stupid.

23/8/07 6:43 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

H.E, you crack me up!
Salma Hayek! I'd give her all my winnings...

23/8/07 10:12 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Haha Salma turns me on and I'm straight. I'm not surprised you boys have great taste!

That's a lot of money! Nothing is out of reach. The first day with all of that money, how can I not go shopping?!! Then, I would take care of family and friends, spoil them silly. We would travel for awhile waiting for our dream house to be built. I would donate to children's charities and invest the rest.

25/8/07 7:38 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I liked reading your story, and the photo is wonderful! Fun to think of what one would do winning a great fortune...

27/8/07 4:20 PM  
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