EuroMillions jackpot winner has been convicted for drink driving

August 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Lottery News, Lottery Winners

A EuroMillions jackpot winner has been convicted for drink-driving and for trying to corrupt public officials after he was found to have over four times the legal limit of alcohol in him. The EuroMillions winner was asked to move his badly parked Ferrari while he was out grocery shopping near Bordeaux but the Frenchman was suspected of being drunk and was promptly breathalysed and arrested.

Former butcher Pascal-Jerome Brun, who won over 26 million playing the EuroMillions inter-continental lottery in 2004 was asked to move his bright yellow Swiss-registered Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, which was badly parked and causing a traffic jam in the French Atlantic coastal resort of La-Teste-de-Buche last Saturday. Police suspected Brun of being drunk and gave him a roadside breathalyser test which he failed miserably, clocking up over four-times the French legal limit. But rather than take the rap for his offence the drunken Frenchman attempted to bribe the policemen by offering them £1,000 each to turn a blind eye. On Monday the EuroMillions lottery winner Brun was handed a six-month jail sentence, including a three month suspended term and was ordered to pay £500 to each of the police officers in damages.

Brun has already lost his licence once since winning the EuroMillions, again for drunk-driving while in a Ferrari. The 39 year old former butcher began collecting Italian sports cars and super cards after scooping his life-changing lottery jackpot back in 2004. This time his driving licence was revoked again and the court impounded his Ferrari. The punishment still has to be reviewed and Brun’s lawyer is hoping that a request for his client to be given an electronic tag instead of going to jail will be accepted.