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Ex-wives of Britain's most eligible bachelor react to his £71m EuroMillions win

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Britain's newest eligible bachelor has joked he will spend his £71 million EuroMillions jackpot on wine and women and “waste the rest”.

Twice-divorced Ade Goodchild, 58, said he had no plans to settle down but warned potential gold diggers he is no soft touch.

The former metal factory worker said: “Anybody who I think I couldn’t have pulled before has got no chance, because I haven’t suddenly become more attractive overnight – just my wallet has.

“I do like tall redheads, mind.”

a person standing in front of a building: Potential image of Lottery winner Ade Goodchild © Facebook Potential image of Lottery winner Ade Goodchild Ade sounded like football legend George Best as he joked while quaffing champagne: “I’ll spend my money on wine and women – and waste the rest.”

But after two failed marriages he insisted “love would have to come find me”.

a man smiling for the camera: Ade says he hasn't suddenly become 'more attractive' © Rowan Griffiths \\ Daily Mirror Ade says he hasn't suddenly become 'more attractive'

Cousin Michelle Lintern, 57, of Caerphilly, said the relatives would happily help only child Ade avoid gold diggers.

She said: “He’s a bit vulnerable with all that money but we are all very protective of him. We are all about the same age and very close.”

Ade’s first wife Catherine Berkeley said she wished him well and did not want a penny of his winnings.

She told the Mirror: “I could not be more pleased, it could not have happened to a nicer man.”

She said they met in the pubs of Hereford when she was just 19 and married in 1980, before divorcing in 1987.

She added: “We were so young when we got together – it feels like a different lifetime.”

© Getty Ade said he divorced from his second wife Susannah only two years ago.

The pair, who were married for 23 years, have stayed friends and she still walks his labradoodles Taz and Mutley.

He said: “I called to say I’d won £71million on the lottery but she didn’t believe me, she knows I’m a leg puller. We are still in touch, there’s no bitterness.”

a close up of text on a white background © Rowan Griffiths \\ Daily Mirror

But he declined to reveal whether his ex would get a cut of his winnings although close pals revealed it is more than likely he will share some of his fortune with her.

However Susannah’s parents, Malcolm and Lesley Smith, said she had told them: “I don’t want a penny of his winnings. He can keep the lot.”

Mrs Smith, 76, reportedly said Susannah now works 14-hour days doing two jobs.

She said: “Poor Susannah had been unhappy for years. She said he’d let himself go, become very self-centred. She put up with it for as long as she could but she’d had enough.

“He wouldn’t do anything around the house or garden, or even walk their two labradoodle dogs. Even after they split up, she had to go back to the house every day to walk them.”

Sports-mad Ade, whose family is originally from South Wales, revealed he celebrated finding out about his win on Saturday by watching Wales win the rugby union Grand Slam with his dad.

Factory worker Ade now plans to travel the world © PA Factory worker Ade now plans to travel the world

He said: “We had slightly fancier beer, nice Italian beer, sent out for pizza and had some spicy wings – the sort of things millionaires do every Saturday.”

He now wants a new house with a jacuzzi, “a few staff” and dream holidays to places such as the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids.

He said: “I’m not a gardener but I’d like a bit of space for the dogs and a nice spot for my hammock on sunny days, so it would be good to have someone to take care of the view for me. I think I could also get used to a driver and even my own cook.”

Ade bought the winning ticket at a Co-op in Hereford, where staff said he was a “genuinely nice, lovely guy”.

Toby Simkin wearing a white shirt: Jacuzzis, staff and a few holidays - Ade has plans to enjoy life to the full © Dave Evitts / SWNS Jacuzzis, staff and a few holidays - Ade has plans to enjoy life to the full    

He went public about the jackpot at a four-star hotel in Great Malvern, Worcs, today.

He said: “I’m not one of these winners who is going to say this win won’t change me.

“It b****y well will, or at least I’ll give it a damn good go.”

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Ade revealed that his first priority is to go looking at new houses with his parents.

He said: “Like all parents, they worry about my mortgage, bills and how long I will have to work for. I’ve told my parents they can stop saving now and spend my inheritance.”

Ade said he plans to help his extended family financially too, after having to keep the win a secret from them at a pub family gathering in Abergavenny on Sunday.

He said: “I didn’t want to spoil our day. Most of them know now though. I am going to enjoy sitting down and chatting about how I might be able to help them.”

Ade admitted he was not perfect, but said: “What man of my age hasn’t made mistakes?

“I have regrets but I hope I haven’t hurt or upset anyone.”

He added: “I’m certainly not a stupid man, but I have done stupid things, I think now I have learned from them and just put them all behind me.”  

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