A British man has won £119,151 on a EuroMillions ticket he bought during a last-minute dash to the shop to buy carrots for his Sunday dinner.
Martin Gilbey, 50, and his partner Tracy were at home discussing their post-Christmas finances when he insisted on the couple having a roast dinner to cheer themselves up.
He checked the fridge and luckily, all they were missing were some carrots, so Martin went to the shop to pick them up.
As he got to the till, he was informed that there was a £3 minimum charge on card payments, so he asked the woman serving him whether he should buy a scratch card or a lottery ticket.
The woman told him to pick up a ticket for the Friday January 8 draw, and so Martin opted for a lucky dip to take him over the £3 limit.
Martin said after Tracy went to bed he remembered he was a ticket holder so he scanned it using the National Lottery App and "couldn’t believe" what he saw.
He said: "I scanned it using my National Lottery App and couldn’t believe what I saw. I checked it again.
"I then deleted the app, downloaded it again and re-scanned the ticket.
"At this point I was starting to get a bit hot under the collar, so I called Tracy to come downstairs to help."
Tracy shouted downstairs "I’m not coming downstairs for a tenner," but reluctantly made her way down and looked at the ticket and realised the couple had won.
He said: "She cried out, ‘I’m not coming downstairs for a tenner’ but eventually looked at the ticket when she realised something was going on.
"We both checked it again and after many more scans of the ticket we started to cry, cuddle and jump about."
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On Saturday, Martin called the National Lottery at exactly 9am to check if he had won and later announced to his three brothers, sister and son Jordan, on Zoom that he had won the lottery.
He said: "I think some thought there was a problem, but I started the call by saying I had some great news. Initially, many thought it was a practical joke, but soon were all cheering together."
The money is a welcome change for Martin and Tracy who, like most people, had a difficult 2020.
Martin lost his mother in late 2019 which was followed by the pandemic and then the loss of his job.
Martin bought his winning EuroMillions Lucky Dip ticket at the Londis store, Station Road, Cogenhoe, Northampton.
He matched 5 numbers and one Lucky Star and his winning numbers for the draw on were 18, 23, 37, 41, 42, and the Lucky Star was 6.
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