In the Media

Man who won ?4.5m on lottery convicted of rape

PUBLISHED June 18, 2012

The winner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to seven years in jail for the violent attack, after being convicted of rape, witness intimidation and perverting the course of justice.

He has also been convicted of wounding with intent in the mid 1980s, stabbing a neighbour with a knife.

The convicted criminal served four years of his sentence after raping the teenage girl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in 1992.

It is understood the man asked for no publicity following his lottery win in 2009.

The disclosure raises the possibility that his victim may be entitled to claim part of his winnings.

Three years ago, lottery winner Iorworth Hoare was forced to pay part of his £7.2m win in damages to Shirley Woodman, a retired teacher he had raped in 1988.

He was jailed for life, buying the ticket while on day release, and argued victims of sex attacks must make their claims within six years.

In 2008, Law Lords ruled court would have discretion to extend that time limit and in 2009 she was awarded compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Mrs Woodman is understood to have given the money to charity.