Why Brian Caswell was happy before his £25 million lottery win

The Bolton News: Brian Caswell enjoying the view from his new home on the outskirts of Bolton Brian Caswell enjoying the view from his new home on the outskirts of Bolton

EVERY week millions of people take part in the lottery hoping it will be their ticket to happiness.

Yet it seems rarely a day goes by without a winner bemoaning his “luck” at becoming an overnight millionaire.

And Bolton’s very own National Lottery jackpot winner says a cash windfall does not buy happiness.

Brian Caswell scooped £25 million on the Euromillions draw in 2009 and described the win as the “icing on the cake”.

The 78-year-old retired sales manager, who still lives in Bolton, said: “I was content before winning the lottery. I had planned well towards retirement and we could do what we wanted within reason.

“The money was the icing on the cake. I could take the children with me on holiday, although we used to go away together as a family. Now we can go upmarket. It enhanced the life we had.”

And there are no Bentleys parked on the drive of Mr Caswell’s home, which is far removed from the ostentatious properties associated with multi-millionaires.

Mr Caswell said: “Why would we want to leave Bolton? We are happy here, I know people here and our friends are here.

“Why would I want a villa abroad and keep going back to the same place.”

He still finds enjoyment and happiness in old pleasures, such as going to the allotment and going out with friends on a Friday night to play 20p dominoes.

The father-of-two and grandfather-of-four said he had worked hard to establish the life he has before the win — his friends and his family.

Mr Caswell said: “People who do not have that sometimes attempt to buy friends by splashing the cash in order to attract people to them.”

Mr Caswell did treat himself to a Range Rover because, as a manager, that was the one company car he was not allowed — that car belonged to the director.

And with the money he was able to bring his family closer — they all now live minutes apart.

He added: “Every week, we all sit round the dining room table, eating and talking and that is the pinnacle of what this has done — we did it before, but the family was all over the place. Now we can sit and talk in one place.”

He said the downside to the win was the media frenzy which brought on a quick move from the family home to their new place in less than a month.

Being a multi-millionaire is a far cry from when Mr Caswell started work in the pits at just 15 and when the culture was save before you buy, rather than today’s “buy now, pay later”.

Mr Caswell’s aspirations for money was so his daughters would have the opportunity to pursue their education. Now the extra money has enabled the family to pursue their various interests.

He added: “I now have a workshop and, in the house I’m in, there is always something that needs doing — and my wife has a talent for art which she can now take up. When she was younger she had to give up a place at art college, because she had to work.”

The family say the biggest difference the win has made is being able to help others, and a charitable trust has been set up to help charities and causes in Bolton first, Lancashire second and then Greater Manchester.

He said: “I have seen families split because of money, but I have seen families brought closer together because, maybe, the financial stress is no longer there.

“Happiness is a frame of mind. You have to keep your feet on the ground and think what was important before and what is important now.”

For the family, money worries might have disappeared but they still have the same plans they had before. These are now easier to achieve and the happiness they gain from them is not diminished as a result.

Mr Caswell said: “People who are born into money are more relaxed about money and my family can be a little more like that.”

Grandson James Bent, aged 23, said: “Money facilitates aspirations. I have had more opportunities and it is easier for me. But I continued working at a restaurant after the win, before I went to university.”

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7:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Frank Armstrong....
Frank Armstrong.... Comment777

10:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

danssoncabaret says...

Good luck to this man, he has his head screwed on and his family will benefit for generations to come.
Good luck to this man, he has his head screwed on and his family will benefit for generations to come. danssoncabaret

10:25am Wed 12 Feb 14

here's-hoping says...

Congratulations to the winner. I'm sure we would all love to grab a similar jackpot. For what it's worth, here's what I do to try and make that possible. I have my own little just-for-fun page which generates personal quick pick (lucky dip) numbers. As I say, it is strictly just for fun, but you never know your luck! Look out for VillaLibra if you want to see if you can locate it.
Congratulations to the winner. I'm sure we would all love to grab a similar jackpot. For what it's worth, here's what I do to try and make that possible. I have my own little just-for-fun page which generates personal quick pick (lucky dip) numbers. As I say, it is strictly just for fun, but you never know your luck! Look out for VillaLibra if you want to see if you can locate it. here's-hoping

10:49am Wed 12 Feb 14

Davethepioneer says...

Fair play to this fella, he has made sure that his family are financially secure for life, he hasn't been silly with his win and by the sounds of it has stayed grounded, I would say his maturity has helped him in that sense. The only mistake he made was going public with his win, if he had kept that under wraps the media frenzy would not have even known. He's worked hard all his life, starting in the pits!! Not a job I would wish on anyone. Whilst most of us still dream about giving our children the best in life, this fella can actually do it whilst maintaining a grounded stature, good luck to him and his family.
Fair play to this fella, he has made sure that his family are financially secure for life, he hasn't been silly with his win and by the sounds of it has stayed grounded, I would say his maturity has helped him in that sense. The only mistake he made was going public with his win, if he had kept that under wraps the media frenzy would not have even known. He's worked hard all his life, starting in the pits!! Not a job I would wish on anyone. Whilst most of us still dream about giving our children the best in life, this fella can actually do it whilst maintaining a grounded stature, good luck to him and his family. Davethepioneer

11:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

MrBenggo says...

He isn't "going to carry on working"like a lot of winners do.
Good luck to the man.
He isn't "going to carry on working"like a lot of winners do. Good luck to the man. MrBenggo

12:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

It couldn't have happened to a nicer person! A far cry from the 'Lottery lout' Michael Carroll who won the National Lottery in 2002.

Mr Caswell seems to be the epitome of humility and modesty and is a Boltonian who worked in the harsh environment of the pits at 15 yrs old.
It couldn't have happened to a nicer person! A far cry from the 'Lottery lout' Michael Carroll who won the National Lottery in 2002. Mr Caswell seems to be the epitome of humility and modesty and is a Boltonian who worked in the harsh environment of the pits at 15 yrs old. Reebok Rhythm

3:20pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys Jet Skis, and you can't be miserable on a jetski.
Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys Jet Skis, and you can't be miserable on a jetski. Jim271

6:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

adatherton says...

Jim271 wrote:
Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys Jet Skis, and you can't be miserable on a jetski.
LOL, unless you fall off
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys Jet Skis, and you can't be miserable on a jetski.[/p][/quote]LOL, unless you fall off adatherton

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