People from England, Ireland, Scotland and France beat a path to Mr Robar's door. "One lady told me she had a problem with cancer, another told me she had a problem with her mortgage," he said. "I gave them money but found out later the stories weren't true."
If he had his time again, Mr Robar would not part with a penny, not even to charities. "I bought a bus for children, and they never said thank you," he said. "All I wanted was that people just phoned."
Mr Robar, 48, has opened a beauty salon named Vindo, after his wife Mary Vindo Ayewok, three doors down from the restaurant where he worked as a chef when he won the lottery in June 1996. He bought the restaurant for pounds 250,000 and reopened it after a pounds 120,000 re-fit and a new name: Roger's.
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