Top tips from the secret millionaire

12-635   Lottery Adviser Mark Myatt in Hemel Hempstead.
12-635 Lottery Adviser Mark Myatt in Hemel Hempstead.

LOTTO winner Mark Myatt from Hemel Hempstead will be giving advice to new millionaires created at a special draw on the eve of the Olympics.

Mark, 42, from Leverstock Green, will be passing on the wisdom he has gained handling large sums of cash after hitting the jackpot in 2009.

Among the nuggets he will bestow are not to rush into major purchases, being flashy is not a requirement and to ‘live your dreams’.

Mark and his family still live in the same house they had before their £1 million win and they both go out to work, though they have splurged on two new Mercedes and a Porsche.

“We could’ve gone out and bought ourselves a nice place in the middle of nowhere with big gates at the front but as soon as you start doing that the money is gone,” the father-of-two said.

“A million pounds is a big sum of money but you have to be careful with it. That has to last you the rest of your life.”

Mark and his wife Trina have set up a property company, which often involves building work and repairs.

“I sometimes feel like the secret millionaire,” he said. “I dress like I have just come off a building site, covered in brick dust – never judge a book by its cover.”

Through Camelot social events Mark has met many other winners and regularly sees half a dozen people from the local area.

“Nobody fully gets it other than other winners,” he said.

The family still shops at Tesco but Mark has splashed out on a saxophone he has barely picked up and a marble bust of Napoleon. “I wanted to buy a full-sized Dalek but Trina wouldn’t let me,” he said. “I do like shoes. Every time I go out I come back with a new pair of trainers.

“Sometimes when I’m driving in the Porsche with Spandau Ballet on I just go ‘Yes!’ You think: ‘It doesn’t get much better than this’.”