Rumours circulated through the town of Forfar earlier this week, with the news that a well-known dad in the area announced that he had won £10,000 on the The UK Lottery.
John “Jake” Bowman, 59, of Forar said that he thought he had won the five figure sum on The Lotto when he checked his numbers at home on Sunday morning.
It was only when he went to friend, that he realised he had in fact won a whole lot more.
"I went over to a friend's so he could double check it for me and when he looked it up on his phone he realised it was actually 1,000 times that amount, or £10,317,199 to be exact.
What an amazing surprise it must have been realising that you had in fact won £10 million, and not £10,000.
The story came out in the local pub, Osnaburg, when he told a few of his friends that he had won the life-changing amount of money of the lottery. At first they thought he was just joking around, but they slowly realised that he was quite serious about it.
“At first we thought it was a joke but the more we hear, the more we think it’s true.
“He’s a nice man so good luck to him if he’s done it.”
The fact that he quit his job as a technician with the Ramsay Ladders company also made his friends realise that he cannot just be “winding them up”.
Before the life-changing UK Lottery jackpot win, Mr Bowden was contemplating downsizing his home. After being single for 25 years, he thought it was time to simplify his life a little.
His daughter, Emma said "He's never spending money on lavish things. I don't actually imagine he would do that now. I think he completely deserves it.”
Speaking to lottery officials, Mr Bowden said that he would now definitely buy a place in the sun, join a golf club and make his dream come true by going to the Monaco Grand Prix! It seems as though PlayUKLottery.com aren’t the only ones who are Formula 1 crazy and love everything that comes with the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco.
Naturally, Mr Bowden will also use some of his UK Lottery winnings to help his daughters Emma, 26, and 28-year-old Lisa.
For the moment, he said he would lie low by visiting a friend in Spain.
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