A VAN driver has told of the ‘stunning’ moment his job delivered a £1m lottery jackpot in Wigan.
Craig Fielding had stopped at an off licence in Wigan while on rounds to shops across the region when he suddenly decided to buy a scratchcard.
Having won a few hundred pounds in the past, the 44-year-old scratched it then and there. But he wasn’t prepared for what happened next. Mr Fielding said: “When I scratched it in the shop, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“It was an amazing moment.
“I called the assistant over to look and we were both just glued to the spot, stunned.
“The assistant scanned the card and it just said the prize could not be paid and I needed to call Camelot.”
Still reeling from the news, he decided to stop his deliveries for the day and drive home.
He pulled over to check the card again – and ring his wife Andrea, a child-minder.
He said: “I got Andrea to guess how much we had won. She started off with a few hundred pounds and when she reached £250k I just said ‘quadruple that and you are there.”
“Andrea just thought it was a wind-up. It wasn’t until I got home and called Camelot and let Andrea listen into the call that we both started to believe it.”
The pair have not yet decided how to spend the cash, although both have had a few ideas.
Craig, who lives in Swinton in Manchester, wants a car and to pay off their mortgage – and maybe even buy a new home. But he may have his work cut out if Andrea, 41, gets her way.
Craig added: “If it was left to Andrea I think she would be spending lots of the money on scatter cushions – she is really house proud and loves all of the finishing touches, particularly scatter cushions.”
And after his deliveries proved so lucrative, Craig will be hitting the road again before too long, he says.
He said: “We both love our jobs so have no plans on giving up work.”