An island lottery winner has described how he has devoted some of his win to supporting charities and to an up-and-coming motorcycle racer.
Phil Poultney scooped the £1 million Euromillions UK millionaire maker prize last September.
’I did actually have a dream that I’d won so perhaps it was meant to be,’ he said.
’I checked the ticket at Shoprite and it pinged up to contact Camelot, which I did straight away.
’I tried to call my wife, Joanne, but couldn’t get through so I went to find her at work to break the news, then I went back to work.
’I think I was still in shock two weeks later.’
Phil, who is 45, still works for his own company, Adore, and he still plays the lottery.
’It’s a lot of money and it’s set me and my family up, but another win would help my extended family. I’m not giving up work - well not yet anyway,’ he said.
Since the win, Phil and Joanne and their three children have moved house and invested in property, as well as helping out numerous charities both local and national.
As an enthusiastic follower of motorsport, Phil has also supported Douglas racer Jamie Williams who is now in his second year of road racing with his team JLG Racing.
Jamie, who is 24, scored a fifth place in last year’s Manx Grand Prix Newcomers’ race and a 17th place in the Senior, with a best lap of just under 116mph, riding his Honda CBR600RR.
Thanks to support from Phil, he is enjoying a more intense programme of racing this year, having made his debut at a number of the Irish road races as well as the Post TT races and at Scarborough. Next on the agenda is the Southern 100 in July, followed by Armoy, the Ulster Grand Prix and then the Manx Grand Prix.
’Phil has helped me out in two ways,’ he said.
’Financially, and also in a practical way, coming to race meetings and helping out in the pits and parc ferme. It’s nice to have the constant support.’
His personal goal for the Manx Grand Prix, which starts with practices on August 19 and runs for two weeks, is to lap at 118mph. He will be riding the same CBR600 as well as a Kawasaki ER650 in the Supertwins race. He also wanted to say thank you to his other sponsors, including Jaks, Ocean Motor Village AGR Motorsport and the Billy Redmayne Memorial Fund.
Phil said: ’Bike racing is a tough sport and also a very expensive one. I have known Jamie for many years and have so much respect for him.
’Following my win, one of the most important things to me was to help others, in addition to my own family, of course.
’Being able to support different charities which are close to my heart, as well as helping a local man and his team fulfil their dreams has been wonderful.’