'I realise not everybody can win in the Lottery but you must admit I deserve my Seven Billion Pound win!' declared the Chief Executive of Bonus Bank Limited.
We sat over a glass of Champagne in an exclusive club in Mayfair celebrating Jeremiah Winalot's huge successful bet.
'The joke is I was lent the money in the first place' he gurgled 'and, make no mistake, I will pay back the friend who lent me the money with 0.5% interest.'
That's the sort of straight up chap Winalot is. He could easily fly off to Mexico - no, not Mexico - Pakistan - er, no not Pakistan - Louisiana - no, not Louisiana. Where? Somewhere where climate change is not a problem - of course Iceland - no, not Iceland. Um Las Vegas! Of course that's a right place to go.
No, he hasn't gone to Las Vegas he's is knuckling down to help his country fight off the economic disaster. Winalot is single handed repairing the local school which he is going to manage with some friends. He has plans for run down hospitals as well.
We were on our fourth bottle of Champers, telling jokes and laughing merrily when a flunkie came to us. He addressed Jeremiah: 'Sir, we have received a message from your secretary. She says Greedy Hog in the 4.30 at Sandown is a sure bet.'