We often ask ourselves, what would we do if we won the lottery?
Dean Weymes, who lives in England, ended up purchasing a ticket that won the top prize. He is planning to use his winnings to help him realize his dream of being a scriptwriter. In addition to that, he is also going to be using his prize money to help set up a sum for his brother who suffers from severe autism.
24-year-old Dean Weymes is a former Amazon worker. On the 30th of July 2019, he showed up for work at his usual 7 am. His life changed during his first break of the day when he went on his phone in order to check his numbers for the Lottery’s Set For Life.
“I don’t have to be here if I don’t want to be here,” he said to Peterborough Telegraph about his big win at work.
The following day he handed in his resignation to his Amazon managers. On the form to HR he cited his reason as, “Won lottery/retirement?”
At first, HR thought he was joking, but he was being serious. Weymes was the fourth person to win the British National Lottery’s Set For Life, and it was only his first time playing the game!
He won the top prize, meaning that he was guaranteed 10,000 pounds – when converted equals roughly $12,150 USD – every month for the next 30 years. So he can live carefree until he’s 54.
With the sudden windfall, Weymes – who studied Video and Film at university in Dundalk, Ireland – made the decision to leave the transport department in Amazon in order to pursue his real dream of becoming a scriptwriter.
“It was always my dream to become a script writer,” Weymes said. “I love films and the theater and now I can do something with this. I can turn my passion into a job, something I never thought I could do.”
In addition to scriptwriting, he has a few other items on his list that he’d love to accomplish like taking his sister, Sarah, brother-in-law, and nephew on a trip to Disneyland Paris, going skydiving, riding in a hot air balloon, and treating his nephew, who loves Lego, if “he behaves himself.”
Weymes, who is living with his sister, Sarah, in Peterborough, also has plans on putting aside money for a deposit on a home of his own, reports the BBC.
— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) August 6, 2019
“It is an incredible feeling that I will be getting £10K every month for 30 years,” he said in a National Lottery statement. “I literally am living the dream.”
Weymes added, “I cannot actually believe that I am really going to be able to do these things—and do them right now! Everything still seems quite unreal—the news really is still sinking in.”
Also on his list of things to do with his money, Weymes is planning on taking care of his 23-year-old brother Robert, who has severe autism.
“Robert has severe autism—it is about as serious as it gets. He is mainly non-verbal, but can say a few names and certain words, but he is like a baby,” Weymes said.
Describing Robert, he stated, “He is 6’3 tall and quite stocky, and he can get aggressive, and he can hurt himself and others. He grabs a hold of you and it is very difficult. He takes it out on himself. It’s tough.”
The caring brother, who also produced a moving video about Robert in 2015, told The Mirror that he “feels a responsibility to guarantee his care for the future.”
Weymes is planning to use his money to help provide Robert with the best possible care, since his parents are getting too old to be the caretakers. “Just to have the best trained professionals to take care of him would make the world of difference,” he said.
In case you’re curious, Weymes’ winning numbers were 18, 21, 23, 34, and 39, with the Life Ball being 3.
It looks like a lucky star was looking out for Weymes. He is finally living his dreams and making the best life possible, not only for himself, but for the people he cares about as well.
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.