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Millionaire lottery winner goes back to job at McDonald's

UK National LotteryUK National Lottery: Millionaire lottery winner goes back to job at McDonald's

It's not the natural habitat of the millionaire.

But if you visit a particular McDonald's store in Cardiff, you've every chance of being served by one.

Luke Pittard, 25, won £1.3 million (US $2.6 million) in the National Lottery 18 months ago.

He celebrated in the usual way, buying a new home and splashing out on a lavish wedding and holiday in the Canary Islands.

Then he realized that he really missed his job.

So he asked to go back and couldn't be happier, getting up at the crack of dawn to flip burgers for £5.85 an hour.

"They all think I'm a bit mad but I tell them there's more to life than money," he said.

"I loved working at McDonald's before I became a millionaire and I'm really enjoying being back there again."

Few customers at the restaurant in Pontprennau, Cardiff, realize that a millionaire is frying their fries or taking their money behind the counter.

Mr Pittard and his girlfriend Emma Cox, 29, were working there together when he hit the jackpot.

They hung up their uniforms and settled down to domestic-bliss in a £230,000 home with their three-year-old daughter Chloe.

But 18 months later, the novelty of early retirement wore off.

"Lots of my old McDonald's workmates came to our wedding and I had kept in touch with them all the time, so I just thought: 'Why not go back?'" said Mr Pittard.

"To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do.

"I'm only young and a bit of hard work never did anyone any harm." Lucky winners: Luke and Emma splashed out on a lavish wedding with their winnings.

The couple earn more each week in interest on their win than Mr Pittard brings home from McDonald's.

But his wife supports his decision to return to work as a staff trainer.

"I can totally understand it," she said.

"We both really enjoyed working at McDonald's and still have good friends there.

"So it was really familiar for him and something for him to look forward to."

McDonald's manager Katherine Jones said: "Luke was always a great member of our team and when he won the lottery we were all so pleased for him.

"I'm glad he has had the time to enjoy his winnings but love having him here — it's as if he never went away."

Despite winning more than £1m on the lottery Luke Pittard decided to go back to work at McDonalds.

Luke with his wife Emma and their check for over £1.3 million.

Daily Mail

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mjwinsmith's avatar - moon

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Posted: March 25, 2008, 10:12 am - IP Logged

What a story, and just goes to show that "Money" can't buy happiness!

    KyMystikal's avatar - 1457224010054
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    Posted: March 25, 2008, 10:24 am - IP Logged

    What a story, and just goes to show that "Money" can't buy happiness!

    I Agree!

    I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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      Posted: March 25, 2008, 10:45 am - IP Logged

      What a story, and just goes to show that "Money" can't buy happiness!

      My version of the saying: Money can't always buy happiness.

      Gonna win.Big Smile

        fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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        Posted: March 25, 2008, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

        With his millions he can now have it his way-oh wait, that's Burger King.

          justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: March 25, 2008, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

          If he loves working at McDonald's so much, why doesn't he just buy a franchise?  I hope after all this publicity, McBurglar doesn't find out and we'll need to call McGruff the crime dog.

            ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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            Posted: March 25, 2008, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

            I'm glad he found some happiness working at MCD's, but I know I would never willing go work at the McDonald's around here.

            "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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              Posted: March 25, 2008, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

              Good for him !

              It's funny to see the different menu items..Notice the onion rings on the menu.....

               

              Hey I bet that Mickey D's in the UK doesn't have sweet tea for a $1 like we do here Hyper oops too much caffiene >>>>>>>>>>>>>

               

                                             

                            

               

               

                Litebets27's avatar - power
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                Posted: March 25, 2008, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

                With his millions he can now have it his way-oh wait, that's Burger King.

                Green laugh

                Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                Come on Jackpot!!!

                  NYSlugger 777's avatar - 777
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                  Posted: March 25, 2008, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

                  He loves his job so much then he should give his co workers $1,000 cash eachApprove

                  $5. 85 an hour sucks!

                    fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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                    Posted: March 25, 2008, 3:44 pm - IP Logged

                    He loves his job so much then he should give his co workers $1,000 cash eachApprove

                    $5. 85 an hour sucks!

                    It was 5.85 pounds an hour. That's a bit over $11.50 an hour. When I worked at McDonald's I was only getting  $3.35 an hour.

                      jeffrey's avatar - moon
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                      Posted: March 25, 2008, 4:11 pm - IP Logged

                      The problem is being sued by anyone. He is very visible. He may find a normal life is impossible. Lottery winners get sued and robbed often if they are known.

                        dphillips's avatar - littleuns
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                        Posted: March 25, 2008, 4:24 pm - IP Logged

                        Well, great for him!  Perhaps, he will become supervisor -- then a manager. Who knows, he might want to invest in a McDonald's franchise.

                        For me, I would attempt the latter: a franchise invesment -- if it is affordable. He is young and he can afford to take risks!

                        See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

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                          Posted: March 25, 2008, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

                          If he loves working at McDonald's so much, why doesn't he just buy a franchise?  I hope after all this publicity, McBurglar doesn't find out and we'll need to call McGruff the crime dog.

                          I agree with you.

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                            mn
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                            Posted: March 25, 2008, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

                            He loves his job so much then he should give his co workers $1,000 cash eachApprove

                            $5. 85 an hour sucks!

                            You know this is Europe right?