Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has refused to confirm or deny that either he or a member of his close family scooped a lottery jackpot of almost £30 million yesterday.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show Mr Osborne denied that the win would change him.
“It’s not that much really. And anyway it’s not real cash because we’ll be investing it in bonds and debentures and things like that. We’re actually quite cash poor.
“Of course we won’t be giving any of it away. The fluctuations in the Chinese economy mean we all have to tighten our belts.”
The Chancellor has already received criticism, mainly from Labour voters suspicious at the fact Mr Osborne had a series of meetings with Camelot in the days leading up to the draw. And the fact that he picked the balls out himself.
However Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has congratulated his friend and colleague citing the Chancellor as a role model for those less fortunate.
“It just shows that anyone with the gumption to go out and buy a lottery ticket can succeed. Hopefully it’ll send a clear message to people in low paid jobs moaning about us abolishing tax credits.” He explained.