Why Mablethorpe is millionaires’ choice

Mablethorpe not Marbella for lottery winners Barbaraa and Ray Wragg. The couple have a caravan in Mablethorpe and popped in for a cuppa at the promenade's Look Out Cafe with proprietor Patricia Lound . EMN-150421-084827001
Mablethorpe not Marbella for lottery winners Barbaraa and Ray Wragg. The couple have a caravan in Mablethorpe and popped in for a cuppa at the promenade's Look Out Cafe with proprietor Patricia Lound . EMN-150421-084827001

After winning £7.6million on the lottery they could have settled anywhere, Kensington, Monaco, St Moritz.

But Barbara and Ray Wragg, who are originally from Sheffield, headed for the sunny sands of Mablethorpe after winning the National Lottery – and have no regrets.

One of the first things the couple bought 15 years ago after finding out they had won the life changing amount of money through the National Lottery, was not a yacht or a luxury holiday around the world, it was a caravan on the Lincolnshire coast.

And they took time out of their busy schedules to come back to Mablethorpe again over the weekend, like they do on a number of occasions throughout the year, and speak to The Leader.

Barbara, 74 said: “There was one place which pretty much sold us on Mablethorpe which was funnily enough the nice fishing pond they have at Whispering Waters Caravan Park.

“Ray and my son both love fishing and it was the ideal choice for us. For more it’s always nice when there’s some sun to sit on the caravan balcony and sunbathe.

“Now to us, Mablethorpe is like our second home and we try to come back up here as often as we can.

“We come here a lot in the summer months and bring a lot of our family and friends with us.”

A lot of people have mixed emotions about big money wins, but for Barbara and for Ray, 77, their lives have only been enhanced by the windfall.

But the couple have also been extremely generous with their winnings.

“We have actually given five and half million away,” Barbara added.

“Some of it has gone to our family and friends, and a lot of it we have given to a number of charities close to our hearts.

“These include Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Weston Park Cancer Unit, which cared for my daughter who fought a rare type of cancer when she was 17.

“But luckily now at 41 she’s doing extremely well and living life to the full.

“We didn’t want all that money just sat there in the bank doing nothing.

“We wanted to do some good with it.”