James Evans, 30 and his girlfriend, Jojo’s dreams have come true after winning £3million on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Thanks to a chance conversation and a convenient parking space the Kent couple are set to splash out on a new life.
Speaking to lottery officials, the lucky National Lottery scratchcard winner said, “A mate needed a hand moving some hardcore and I agreed to help. As we were working we got chatting about the challenges of starting out in business and cash flow.
"We actually spoke about a local lad who won on a scratchcard and joked that a nice little win like that would mean I could buy a new digger and trailer."
On his way home, James decided that if there was a parking space outside his local shop, he would treat himself to a couple of scratchcards.
“Amazingly there was a space right outside so I took this as a sign, popped in and bought my scratchcards and a drink.
"I played one with no luck and then played the £250M Cash Spectacular scratchcard and matched the number 17.
"As I revealed the winning amount I was distracted by something so didn’t really see it properly.
"When I looked back down and saw the £3mill symbol I didn’t believe it. I have to say I’ve once before read it wrong and thought I had a big win so was a bit suss and thought my mind was playing tricks again. I paused and then had another look, and thankfully the £3mill was still there!”
He immediately called his girlfriend JoJo to tell her that he had just won £3million.
Like just about every person receiving a call from their partners or loved one, JoJo, a full-time baker, said she told him to stop and got back to work.
He then called Camelot to confirm whether he had, in fact, won the incredible prize, however, he had to speak to a Winners’ Advisor and that could only be done on Monday morning.
Naturally poor, or in this case, not so poor, James had to wait the entire weekend before speaking to the Winners’ Advisor.
"To keep my mind busy over the weekend I pottered about in the garden, went for a bike ride, took the dog for a walk and even mowed the neighbour’s lawn, anything but think about the scratchcard I had sitting in my bedside table that could make me a multimillionaire!
James might have had to wait the whole weekend to confirm the life-changing scratchcard win, but it didn’t take Camelot long at all to verify the win and transfer the winnings into his bank. In less than a week, James had his winnings safely in his bank account to make all his dreams a reality.
“We’ve always dreamt about moving to Cornwall and in fact, that’s what we were slowly working towards, now thanks to the win our daydream has been fast forwarded at warp speed!” said the lucky scratchcard winner.
"We will start looking for a nice little farmhouse with some outbuildings and about an acre of land to call home. I will establish a maintenance business and JoJo a bakery in one of the little seaside villages. And I’ll finally get that new digger and trailer!”
The couple went on to say that besides their dream about living in Cornwall, they are now lucky enough to also think about travelling and sharing their good fortune with their family.
“I’m going to buy mum a bungalow on the banks of the Tamar River and look at hiring a villa in Ibiza so we can treat friends and family to one hell of a holiday in the sun.
"And if England make it to the finals, a few of us may also be heading to Russia but that particular adventure is in the hands of fate.
"Mind you, luck and fate have gone in my favour recently so maybe Moscow does await!” said James.
With finances, a new location to live, a happy family and some travel plans on the cards it was just a matter of time before they thought about upgrading their vehicles as well and the lucky scratchcard win couldn’t have come at a better time.
While trying his best to keep busy over the weekend before verifying the win on Monday morning, JoJo’s car suddenly packed up.
With more than enough cash now on hand, the lucky scratchcard winners said that instead of spending money on fixing JoJo’s car, that they would buy his and hers Mercedes, an A45 AMG for him and a GLS to replace JoJo’s 16-year-old Nissan X-Trail.
“It really is magic. This time last week I was busy thinking of ways to help get my business off the ground, now I’m thinking about what to do with £3million quid!”
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