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Royal marine wins 45 mil
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Decisions: Royal Marine Dan Scadding has to decide whether to buy himself out of the military
By an extraordinary twist of fate, he is heir to a share of a £45million fortune.
But now the Royal Marine son of Britain's record Lottery winner faces the agonising choice of whether to fight with his unit in Afghanistan next year or opt for a comfortable life on Civvy Street.
Corporal Dan Scadding, 28, was in battlefield training with his fellow Green Berets when he learned last week his life was about to be transformed forever.
His father Les, 59, a jobless mechanic from Newport, South Wales, scooped half the £91million Euromillions jackpot last week - and promised to share his good fortune with his family.
Cpl Scadding was immediately given exceptional leave to celebrate with his father, but returned to take part in a live-firing exercise with his unit, 40 Commando on Monday.
Now he is considering whether to buy himself out of the service or to risk his life for Queen and country in Afghanistan - where 234 troops have died since the war began eight years ago.
In his excitement, his father had apparently forgotten to tell him of his win and his son first learned of his windfall on TV.
Speaking at the time, the £25,000 a year soldier said: 'I couldnít believe it. It was really strange to see him on TV with a cheque for £45million. Itís not something you expect to see.'
Until yesterday, he had successfully managed to keep his career in the elite regiment secret.
Keen to avoid the limelight, he said he had been a marine, but now worked as a 'personal trainer' and had been with a 'client' when his father learned of the win.
In fact, his unit are due for a tour of duty next year.
Cpl Scadding, who lives in Bristol with his 26-year-old wife Rhianna and two-year-old son Mackenzie, said yesterday: 'I didn't want to go into details about my background. It was this type of publicity that I was trying to avoid.
'I am not sure what's going to happen or where my future lies but I know that it is no-one's business but mine.'
A source in his unit said last night: 'It's the talk of the regiment. He's a committed Marine and someone the others look up to.
'He is part of a unit which is certainly going to be deployed back in Afghanistan next year.
'As a multi-millionaire, his father could easily buy him out of the military - what father wouldn't want to keep their son out of danger.
'But being a Marine is about being one of the best and that means being part of an elite team.
'A luxury life in a civvy street job is tempting for anyone. But for a Marine it's unthinkable to leave your comrades to fight without you. It's more than a job, it's a life.'
Celebration: Les Scadding and his wife Samantha toast their win after scooping £45.6million in the Euromillions jackpot
A source added: 'Dan has yet to find out what his share of his father's fortune will be but he is going to be set up for life.
'There is talk of his father setting up a property business for his children. But whatever happens he will be the richest member of the Royal Marines by Christmas.'
Les Scadding's £45.6million prize was the biggest British lottery win ever. The rest of the £91million jackpot was won by a Merseyside-based syndicate.
Mr Scadding who lives with his second wife, Samantha, 38, said he would be taking care of his family with the new-found riches, but would take time to find out how best to do it.
Dan - along with his sister Lisa, 32, and Nicola, 31 - were born to Mr Scadding's first wife, Yvonne.
A close friend of Dan's said: 'I don't think he wanted people to know he was a Royal Marine.
'Like a true pro, he didn't think it was something he should be shouting about.
'We are told he wants to find out what his father plans to do with the money. But everyone is discussing what they would do, either quit the Marines or stay and fight.'
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: 'Marines and sailors who wish to premature voluntary release from the service are required to submit 12 months' notice.
'Where a Marine or sailor wishes to leave inside the 12 months' notice period, we assess each case on its own merits.'
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