Finding out that you have won a massive lottery prize can be a bit of a shock. That was the case when Jim Forbes from Tayport in Scotland discovered he’d won over £665,000 in the September 22 EuroMillions draw.
Jim found out about his win on Saturday when going to Asda to buy more tickets. He asked for his September 22 purchase to be checked and was told it had won so much he’d have to call Camelot. It had matched the five main balls and one of the Lucky Stars. If his ticket had matched the other Lucky Star he’d have won the £134.91m jackpot. That’s still less than the £161m EuroMillions top prize won by fellow Scots Colin and Chris Weir.
Forbes immediately made the call as he was taking his shopping trolley back. Then he received the amazing news when the Camelot advisor said, ‘brace yourself – I’m very happy to tell you this ticket is a winner for £665, 838.70.”
He thought that the Camelot employee might be kidding and they had to confirm that they weren’t joking, Continuing the call he said: “That’s the best thing that could ever have happened. it doesn’t happen to me. I’m a normal Joe Bloggs!”
The lucky player works as a lorry driver. He’s not the first person working in that profession to have lottery success after Rob Rich from England won a £2,012,794 UK Lotto jackpot. In fact, a National Lottery survey showed that drivers are the most successful profession re lottery wins.
Jim now plans to take his wife Pam and children, Aaron, 19 and Chloe, 16, to New York at Christmas – something Pam has always wanted to do. €3.88m Irish Lotto winner Seamus Cawley used his winnings to go to the Los Angeles Marathon.
Also planned is visiting Hawaii, something Jim has always wanted to do being a big fan of the Hawaii Five-O TV series. An English syndicate that won £60,000 playing EuroMillions also went on several holidays.
He added: “I’ve worked all my days. I’ve not scrimped and scraped but always sort of like watched the pennies. “Now we can actually look at getting things we’ve always wanted and to have no money worries anymore.”
The EuroMillions winner couldn’t help laughing and crying when that amazing phone call to Camelot was replayed. “The tears are in my eyes…it’s tears of joy,” he said.
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