A WIGAN school caretaker is planning an early retirement after scooping the £100,000 jackpot on the National Lottery Rainbow Scratchcard.
Derek Blatcher said he had planned to hang up his broom at Bickershaw Primary in three years’ time, but this win has enabled him to bring his plans forward.
The Ashton 61-year-old, who is married to Jean, also 61, says two holidays to Spain are also top of the shopping list.
The couple, who have four children and three grandchildren between them, will also spend some of their winnings ensuring their family have a good start to the new year.
Derek said: “This is just the perfect start to 2015. I could not have wished for a better beginning to the new year.
“I have bought the odd Scratchcard in the past and had a few wins. I had seen two £100k symbols on this particular card in the past but never believed I could get all three in a row – until Christmas Eve!
“I was just stunned.
I shouted out to my wife, I got it, I got it, I got the three symbols. I just could not believe it!
“Finding out on Christmas Eve was just the best Christmas present and start to the new year, all in one.”
Derek, who bought the winning National Lottery Scratchcard from Asda in Edge Green Lane, Golborne, said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision to buy the card as he was on his way home from work.
He added: “I even made myself a cup of tea when I got home before scratching it – I never believed it would be a winner but it was!
“I now believe that if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone!”
Derek has worked at Bickershaw Primary for nine years.
He said: “This really is life-changing and will provide Jean and me with a wonderful retirement – the best we could have wished for.”