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Lowestoft: Millionaire lottery winner Jean Swatman retires from bakery job

15:03 18 February 2014

Jean Swatman, 63, left her job at the Morrisons supermarket in south Lowestoft after constant nagging from her daughter Kerry Utting and son Wayne Elsom.

Jean Swatman, 63, left her job at the Morrisons supermarket in south Lowestoft after constant nagging from her daughter Kerry Utting and son Wayne Elsom.

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A lottery winner from Lowestoft has finally hung up her apron and retired from her job as a baker – almost seven months after scooping the £2 million jackpot.

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Jean Swatman, 63, left her job at the Morrisons supermarket in south Lowestoft after constant nagging from her daughter Kerry Utting and son Wayne Elsom.

The grandmother of six won the lottery at the beginning of June but continued to work at the store four days a week for six and a half months.

She had worked at Morrisons for 10 years, arriving at 6am every day to fry and sugar hundreds of doughnuts and add the all important jam filling.

She said: “It was just something I have done all these years and I really couldn’t decide what else to do.

“I would just get up and go to work.

“My son and daughter kept telling me to retire but I thought ‘no I don’t want to yet’.

“With the bad weather coming I thought ‘do I want to get up four mornings a week to scrape the snow and ice off my car?’.

“Staying in work gave me that bit of time to think about what I wanted to do.

“Now I am fully retired, I don’t know how I ever found time to work.”

Mrs Swatman, whose lorry driver husband Ben, 50, died of a heart attack six years ago, matched six numbers with a lucky dip ticket, bought from Premier Store in Norwich Road, winning her £2,021,379.

She waited almost a day before checking the ticket and was so shocked to discover that she had won that she had to drive over to Caister to see her brother Michael Gee and ask him to check the numbers again.

Mrs Swatman retired in mid-December and threw a party for friends and family to celebrate.

She said becoming a multi-millionaire hadn’t changed her.

She still lives in the three-bedroom terraced home in Lowestoft, where she has lived for the past 20 years, although she has now paid off her mortgage and redecorated.

Instead of investing in a supercar, the thrifty grandmother has bought herself a new Vauxhall SUV.

She has also used some of her winnings to help her family get on to the property ladder.

Mrs Swatman has bought her daughter’s old home to help her move house and now rents the property out.

She has also bought a flat for her grandson and bought her brother’s bungalow to rent to a niece after her parents - Mrs Swatman’s sister and brother-in-law - both died from cancer.

She has filled her time helping to paint and decorate the properties.

Later this year she will travel to Vietnam to visit her son and his family - including a new granddaughter born on Monday.

Mrs Swatman also plans to take her daughter and three of her grandchildren to New York in August.

She said: “I haven’t personally changed but life in general has.

“I haven’t got to worry about how I am going to pay the next bill or saving up to go to Vietnam for holidays.

“And I like spoiling my family now and then.

“It is lovely to see them happy. It is nice being able to spread joy.”

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