Great Britain: From lottery winner to pool national player

From roofer to millionaire – and successful pool player: Thanks to a big lottery win, Neil Jones will soon represent England in an international competition. The man from the central English city of Stoke-on-Trent was the first to purchase a pool table from his winnings of 2.4 million pounds (currently 2.75 million euros), as the British news agency PA reported on Monday.

Because he had enough money to retire early and therefore had a lot of time to practice, the now 59-year-old constantly fought his way up through the amateur leagues.

The lucky guy only had a few pounds left at the end of 2010 when he bought the lottery ticket. Shortly after the big draw, Jones, who had played snooker in his youth, met up with a friend. “I picked up a cue, played a round – and when I got home I measured our dining room so I could buy a decent pool table,” Jones told PA.

“If I hadn’t won, I wouldn’t have been able to buy the table and I wouldn’t have had the time,” Jones continued. “I would still be crawling around on my knees doing roofs.” He is now leading the English B1 team as captain to the European Pool Championships in Malta in November.


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