St Helens drummer shouts his Lotto win from the rooftops

Drummer James Jennion celebrates his Lotto win

Drummer James Jennion celebrates his Lotto win

First published in News

A 50 year-old rock band musician from St Helens is celebrating after scooping a million pounds as his share of last Saturday's Lotto jackpot.

Drummer James Stephen Jennion beat out the right rhythm with his winning numbers that earned him £1,045,504.

James, who has been playing the drums since he was 15 and is part of successful psychedelic indie rock/punk band Poisoned Electrick Head.

He plays Lotto online every Saturday and admits he stayed up all night to party once he’d realised he had become a millionaire.

James explained: “I always play Lotto on a Saturday, but normally log into my account to check my numbers on a Monday morning. For some reason this time I logged on to check on Sunday night and saw the message congratulating me on being a winner. I thought it must be a small win but got the shock of my life when I checked my account and realised I had just become a millionaire!

“Once I had got my partner, Andrea, to check and double-check, just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things, I phoned my parents and they came over to my partner’s house to help us celebrate. It’s wasn’t quite a rock & roll party but we stayed up all night and had a few celebratory drinks. There was no way I was going to be able to sleep anyway, what with the excitement.”

Roofer James has now decided his new found wealth will mean he won't have to go clambering up ladders to giddy heights any more.

He phoned workmates on Monday morning to tell them the news.

He said: “There are only three of us that work together roofing and we’ve been doing it for nearly 40 years, so they are my friends rather than just work colleagues. They were made up for me when I told them the news and I’ll be buying them a drink or two when I next see them. I won’t miss being out in the elements on a cold February day though!”

James now intends to fully indulge in his passion for music and one of his first purchases will be a state-of-the-art new drum kit.

He explained: “I love my music and the band and I have had some great times together over the years, touring the UK and Europe. We still play gigs all over the place, in fact we’re due to headline a festival in Stafford soon, and I’ve always wanted to get the best drum kit I can – that’s exactly what I’ll be doing with my win.”

Once he has found the ideal new drum hit, James also plans to look into buying a property – he currently spreads his time between his parent’s and partner’s house – and may look to upgrade his car.

James’s winning numbers from the draw on 28 June were 8, 12, 28, 30, 43 and 49.

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4:46pm Wed 2 Jul 14

darkangel510 says...

Couldnt have happend to a nicer guy well done big fella have fun spending xx
Couldnt have happend to a nicer guy well done big fella have fun spending xx darkangel510
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5:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

sherlock1 says...

I concer he's a cracking bloke hope to see him soon to congratulate him
I concer he's a cracking bloke hope to see him soon to congratulate him sherlock1
  • Score: 8

5:22pm Wed 2 Jul 14

barrie timpson says...

Congratulations mate - spend it well !!
Congratulations mate - spend it well !! barrie timpson
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Wed 2 Jul 14

keepitreel says...

well done fella,enjoy !!
well done fella,enjoy !! keepitreel
  • Score: 7

12:19am Thu 3 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Spend it wisely. All my numbers are usually the ones that would have been just above or below yours. Happens every week. One day!!!??
Spend it wisely. All my numbers are usually the ones that would have been just above or below yours. Happens every week. One day!!!?? Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 3

10:09am Thu 3 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Many Congratulations! - it is really great to hear that someone local has won big on the lottery. I have been playing for years and have had 5 numbers twice but since it changed to £2 a go I was beginning to think it was a waste of time, especially the raffle part.

It is so lovely to hear some good news for a change - all best wishes for the future James!
Many Congratulations! - it is really great to hear that someone local has won big on the lottery. I have been playing for years and have had 5 numbers twice but since it changed to £2 a go I was beginning to think it was a waste of time, especially the raffle part. It is so lovely to hear some good news for a change - all best wishes for the future James! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

MrBenggo says...

Well done,pleased to see he isn't going to carry on working
Well done,pleased to see he isn't going to carry on working MrBenggo
  • Score: 0

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