August 15, 2012


British Man Wins $230 Million in Lottery, Hopes to Reunite Guns N’Roses

Marc S Canter
Marc S Canter

Today is a big day for lottery addicts. The Powerball jackpot is up to $320 million. (Just FYI: The Fuse office bought a bunch of tickets, so by this time tomorrow we’ll all probably be on a beach somewhere in Mexico). And with such ridiculously high sums at stake, it’s only natural to map out exactly what you’ll do once you win. A mansion? Professional in-house breakfast sandwich maker? A Ferrari? All these things make sense. But they pale in comparison to the ambitious and noble plans of Adrian Bayford, who just won £148 million (which translates to roughly $232 million in real person money) in the British lottery. What's on Bayford’s list, after doing boring stuff like buying his kids new clothes? Reuniting the original line-up of Guns N' Roses, of course.

"I think I would just have to get Guns N’ Roses together — the original lineup, mind. I'm a real fan," Bayford told British tabloid The Sun.

There is the little matter of the band members actually signing on. Slash recently told CNN’s Piers Morgan that there’s no figure high enough to get Axl and the gang together again.

"I don't think it's a matter of (money); it really isn't,” Slash said. "I think you've got a situation where nobody involved wants to revisit. It's not just me — it's the whole band. And so I don't think there's a price tag that anybody's put in front of us that's going to make that work."

But what if, like, the offer is for a ton of money. Surely $10 million would be enough, right? 

"I've heard a lot of numbers, but I've never been handed a specific offer,” Slash went on. “But I'd say it starts off with seven figures and then sometimes it starts to get even more grandiose than that."

So, it seems like Bayford will end up using his money for something else, like, say another Led Zeppelin reunion or more clothes for his kid. Either way, he’s probably not too upset; his winnings moved the music shop owner into the UK’s top 1000 richest list.

It does bring up an interesting question, though: if you win the Powerball tonight, what band would you pay to reunite?