A South Yorkshire hotel worker who had to ‘count every penny’ is overjoyed after winning £1 million on a festive scratchcard.
Richard Carr, a general assistant at The Campanile Hotel in Doncaster, has enjoyed a dream start to 2015 after winning the life-changing sum of money on a National Lottery Merry Millionaire scratchcard.
The 29-year-old, who also lives at the Bawtry Road hotel, brought the card from the Pitstop, Harworth, on December 28 as he waited for a bus.
He said: “It feels absolutely incredible, I still can’t believe it!”
“I had just dropped my little boy home and had some time to kill before my bus arrived so thought I’d treat myself to a scratchcard.
“I walked out of the shop and started scratching the second game panel when I glanced down and saw that symbols matched and were worth £1million.
“I ran back inside and thrust the card at the girl behind the counter – I think she thought I’d lost my mind as I could barely speak and must have looked like a madman.
“She ran it through the system, and sure enough the instructions said I had to contact Camelot, so I knew something huge had just happened.”
The dad-of-one called his mother, Sarah Simmons, who told him to get his win verified before getting too excited. It was verified by the National Lottery on New Year’s Eve – in time to bring in 2015 with a bang.
Richard said: “We had an unbelievable New Year’s Eve. You hear the amount but don’t think it could actually happen to you, and when it does you just don’t believe it.”
Despite his news, Richard managed to catch the bus, albeit in a daze, and clock on for his evening shift – keeping the winning scratchcard in a pocket to ensure he did not lose it.
He said: “I kept checking it was there every five seconds. It’s not every day you have a piece of paper on you worth a million pounds.”
Richard has now handed in his notice.
The young dad, who has not been on holiday for 10 years, is planning a trip to Australia. He also wants to buy a new car and a house.
He said: “Having lived in a hotel for many years, it will be amazing to have my own front door.”
However, he is most excited about being able to set his seven-year-old son up for life. Richard said: “I’m going to be able to do everything for my little boy when he’s older – it’s fantastic.
“He can go to university, college. He can do everything he wants and that’s the best feeling.”
The car fanatic, who previously needed to ‘count every penny’, said he is also going to treat himself. He said: ”I’d like to splash out on some new wheels.
“Everything I dreamed of doing, I can do now – 2015 is going to be the best year of my life.”
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