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BAYWEDGE! EXCLUSIVE WHO NEEDS THE BAHAMAS? 8 Lottery winners snap up CARAVANS on windy coast.

Byline: By TOM CARLIN

EIGHT Lotto millionaires have found their ideal getaway homes - on a humble caravan site on the windy Welsh coast.

Winners who could easily afford a Baywatch lifestyle in exclusive sunshine resorts are delighted to live in a rain-swept spot where burger bars and a teen disco are as exotic as it gets.

A pal of some of the wealthy residents at the 20-acre Trecco Bay resort said: "They say you can keep your Monte Carlos and Caribbeans - they'd rather be here any day."

Locals have dubbed the spot Lotto Bay since the winners started snapping up pounds 60,000 static caravans there.

CARAVANNER No1 is single mumStephanie Powell, 32, who scooped pounds 7.2million on the Lottery in 1999.

She and her 10-year-old daughter Jessica spend weekends at the site near Porthcawl, SouthWales - even though they have a pounds 600,000 home less than a mile away. Stephanie, originally from Ebbw Vale in the Welsh Valleys, was a pounds 150-a-week bingo caller and living in a council house at time of her bonanza.

One of her site neighbours is CARAVANNER No2, Jenny Southall, 43, who won pounds 8.3million earlier this year.

Pals say Jenny, of Newport, Gwent, adores the resort and stays as often as possible.

The mum of two quit her pounds 5.85-an-hour job as a cinema supervisor when she hit the Lotto jackpot.

She vowed to "live like a movie star" - but took her teenage sons Jamie and Kyle to stay at Trecco Bay rather than Hollywood. The attractions include a pool, dodgems and gokarts and some millionaires might turn their noses up at the burger bars and chippies.

But the Southalls love playing fruit machines in the amusement arcade at the complex. They and the Powells have now been joined by SIX WINNERS from the same family who collected pounds 7million between them last month.

Carl Prance, 49, his brother Steve 47, their sisters Jacquie Wood, 53, Christine Mills, 52, Ceri Howe, 43, and Carl's mum-in-law Lilian Grainger, 71, learned of their fortune as they took a holiday in a rented caravan at the resort. They were there to celebrate the 50th birthday of Carl's wife Gillian.

A friend said: "The family went for a quiet holiday by the sea and came back millionaires.

"Perhaps the luck of the other winners rubbed off on them.

"They decided they would each buy a caravan so they would always have a reminder of how good it felt to win."

Caravans on the site can be hired from pounds 149-a-week offseason.

They accommodate eight people and have central heating. All that's missing is regular sunshine.

But the Prances' friend said: "They are probably rubbing shoulders with richer people than they would in the South of France or the Bahamas."

tom.carlin@people.co.uk

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