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Money isn't everything! So where's my Bentley?; Lotto bad boy: Jail stretch does pounds 6.5m Lee a favour.

Lotto bad boy Lee Ryan left jail yesterday and declared: "Money isn't everything."

The 32-year-old, who won pounds 6.5million in March last year, then climbed into his waiting Bentley - registration LEE 4.

Ryan, who served nine months for handling stolen luxury cars, was then driven away to his pounds 1million mansion - set in 40 acres.

Today he'll celebrate son Nile's eighth birthday. He's bought a mini version of his Ducati bike as a present.

And Ryan, who has been in trouble with the police for 20 years, said he'd do plenty of flying in his helicopter.

He'll also enjoy the fleet of high-powered cars he's built up at his Leicestershire home - including a pounds 180,000 Ferrari Testarossa, a Porsche, a Jaguar and the Bentley.

As he left Stafford jail, he said: "It's done me a favour. It gave me an insight into what it's all about again. Money isn't the be-all and end-all, family is.

"Good fortune isn't necessarily money. Everyone who has good health has good fortune. I now feel I could live on nothing.

"I had lots of time to think. Now I just want to get back to my family."

Wife Karen, 36, and children Dennis, 14, Nadeyne, 11, and Nile were waiting to greet him. Karen sprang from the car to hug and kiss him.

She said: "I'm just really happy that he's coming home. It's been a long time but we've got through it."

The excited children said they'd missed their dad but one piped up: "At least he's not been there to tell us off."

Another released inmate shouted: "Have a good day, Lee."

And Ryan said: "I've been in a man's jail before. I know the ropes in there.

"The money aspect wasn't hard. We were all in the same boat. There are some good pals and I'll see them again."

Ryan said although he did not want to return to jail, he could not rule it out.

"You can never say never - something might happen," he added.

And he left a parting gift for his fellow cons - a pounds 1000 Rotavator - after helping tend the prison allotments.
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Author:Chater, Rod
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 22, 1996
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