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Lottery winner gets knee operation

Monday August 9th 2010

We are not all lucky enough to win the lottery, so income protection insurance can be vital in case we are forced to stop working.

But one joiner who had to stop working 15 years ago after injuring his knee has revealed that he can now afford an operation - after winning more than £11 million on the lottery.

Jobless Peter Redikin, 50, from Cheadle Heath, Greater Manchester, had an accident in 1995 and could no longer work or play sport.

But he and his wife, Jacqueline, 48, won £11,178,334 in Wednesday night's double rollover draw, and he now plans to get his knee fixed.

He said: "I had an accident with my knee, I've not worked since.

"I can't do anything about it. Well, perhaps I can do something about it now!"

Mr Redikin said the operation on his knee will give him "a new lease of life".

The father-of-two snapped his cruciate ligament in a fall at work, and has been living off disability benefits for the last 15 years.

His knee is "very unstable" and gives way after swelling up, he said, and he had to give up playing football.

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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