Millionaire lotto winner Michael Carroll has been granted legal aid to fight a court case next week.
The ex-binman, who won £9.7m in the lotto, is accused of affray and is due before Norwich Crown Court on Monday.
A government spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Carroll, 22, of Downham Market, Norfolk, had been granted legal aid. But she said it was “a matter of course” for it to be awarded initially, however the cash can be reclaimed later on the orders of a judge.
A Legal Services Commission spokesman said: “A means test for receiving legal aid in criminal cases is due to be introduced this year, as part of the Criminal Defence Service Bill, which is currently before parliament.