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Employee learns he won $5.8M in lottery, finishes 12-hour work shift

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A pub kitchen manager scooped the UK's biggest ever scratch card jackpot of £4 million (US$5.8 million) while on his dinner break — but then went back to finish his shift.

Dedicated Amadou Gillen, 46, bought two £10 scratch cards from a newsagents during a 12-hour shift at Wetherspoons.

He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win £10 — but then the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire.

But shocked father-of-two Amadou didn't tell anyone, and went on to work for another four hours with the card in his pocket, before finishing his shift, last Wednesday.

He only broke the news to his family Wednesday and while he has splashed out on a new wardrobe, he shopped at TK Maxx because he "still loves a bargain".

The former McDonalds apprentice from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is going to spend the cash on trading his one-bed rented flat for a modest three-bed home in Bristol.

He also wants to learn how to drive with a week-long intensive course, but intends to buy a Peugeot while he gets to grips with being on the road.

Speaking today for the first time about his win, delighted Amadou said, "When I saw the number '4' on the card I knew they didn't pay out £40, so I knew it had to be £4 million. I scratched off the rest and oh my, I was so excited.

"But I put the card back in my pocket, and went back to finish the rest of my shift.

"It was certainly a long shift that day.

"I didn't finish until 11.30pm or 12 that night, so had to work for almost four hours knowing I had won.

"I don't know how I did it.

"People say when they win the lottery they will feel like this, or that, but when you do, you feel different.

"I wanted to celebrate, but I couldn't. It was a feeling I can't express."

Single Mr Gillen, who has two daughters, aged 19 and 22, moved from his native The Gambia more than 20 year ago to Wiltshire.

He has always worked in the restaurant industry, initially as an apprentice at McDonalds, before starting at The Albany Palace in Trowbridge nearly five years ago.

He was working a 12-hour shift last Wednesday (25) when he bought the cards from a nearby McColls, alongside a packet of cigarettes, at around 8pm.

Mr Gillen sat in a staff-only outside area to scratch the cards, and phoned his family in The Gambia at the end of his shift to say he had "got lucky".

"I was so excited, but I didn't tell them about the win," he said.

"I just said I had got lucky and would let them know how lucky in time!"

He put the card — which offers a 1 in 3 chance of winning — in a briefcase back home, until it was verified by lottery officials on Tuesday.

The bubbly pub worker did his last shift on Saturday — still not revealing the win to his bosses — and among the first things he bought were some new clothes.

He said, "I went into work, did my shift 6pm until 10pm, and when I finished I saw my duty manager, handed over my keys, and that was it.

"I have been doing a lot of clothes shopping, and I do enjoy going to TK Maxx because I like to get designer stuff at discount prices rather than going to Gucci.

"I still love a bargain."

He told his daughter Takysha Smith, 19, Wednesday, while treating her to a meal at Nando's.

"I called her and told her 'I have something important to tell you'," he said.

"She thought it was bad news, so I told her it was good news.

"We got to Nando's, sat down, and she said 'tell me now Dad' so I just said 'you're not going to believe this — I won £4 million'.

"I took a picture of the card on my phone so I showed it to her. She was quite pleased."

Mr Gillen plans to do an intense driving course next week, and is going to book a holiday to The Gambia for a huge family party, as well as a trip to Jamaica.

He also wants to put money aside for his eldest daughter to study a science course at university, and doesn't intend to go back to work.

He said, "This money is a life-changer for me.

"I can now tick all the boxes of everything I've ever wanted to do."

Amadou can now put his eldest daughter Sera Gillen, 22, through university thanks to the £4 million win.

He came to the UK from The Gambia in 1993 to study. He worked 42.5 hours-a-week at Wetherspoons, but did not want to reveal his wage.

A recruitment website states the average salary for a Wetherspoons' kitchen manager is £23,500 per year.

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Posted: June 4, 2016, 8:29 am - IP Logged

He'll be Living the Dream!

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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    Posted: June 4, 2016, 9:16 am - IP Logged

    What a class act! If you start something, finish it. He should do well.

    J'aime La France.

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      Posted: June 4, 2016, 9:36 am - IP Logged

      What a class act! If you start something, finish it. He should do well.

      I Agree!

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      Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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        Posted: June 4, 2016, 9:42 am - IP Logged

        Congratulations on your win 

        However, I think that with all he plans on doing, now that he won, he will be back to work in a few years.

        Buying a house, a car, new clothes, paying for college, trips back home, and gifts for the family will exhaust his £4 million fortune and will leave him nothing for the future.

        The Meatman

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        Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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          Posted: June 4, 2016, 10:41 am - IP Logged

          Congratulations on your win 

          However, I think that with all he plans on doing, now that he won, he will be back to work in a few years.

          Buying a house, a car, new clothes, paying for college, trips back home, and gifts for the family will exhaust his £4 million fortune and will leave him nothing for the future.

          I Agree! He deserves congratulations but he also deserves wise counsel. Which he can afford.

           In the U.K. the winners are offered three different banks to choose from. The bankers he picks will tell him how much he will make in interest per day/week/annually.

           I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

           Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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            Posted: June 4, 2016, 11:19 am - IP Logged

            Now that's dedication . Congratulations !Dance

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              Posted: June 4, 2016, 11:48 am - IP Logged

              Congratulations on your win 

              However, I think that with all he plans on doing, now that he won, he will be back to work in a few years.

              Buying a house, a car, new clothes, paying for college, trips back home, and gifts for the family will exhaust his £4 million fortune and will leave him nothing for the future.

              People who come into money may say a lot of things and never follow through on them. It's possible that after reflecting on such sage advice from the Meatman- Amadou may just take a deep breath and rethink his plans.Lets hope his a LP reader.

              People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                Posted: June 4, 2016, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

                A pub kitchen manager scooped the UK's biggest ever scratch card jackpot of £4 million (US$5.8 million) while on his dinner break — but then went back to finish his shift.

                Dedicated Amadou Gillen, 46, bought two £10 scratch cards from a newsagents during a 12-hour shift at Wetherspoons.

                He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win £10 — but then the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire.

                But shocked father-of-two Amadou didn't tell anyone, and went on to work for another four hours with the card in his pocket, before finishing his shift, last Wednesday.

                He only broke the news to his family Wednesday and while he has splashed out on a new wardrobe, he shopped at TK Maxx because he "still loves a bargain".

                The former McDonalds apprentice from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is going to spend the cash on trading his one-bed rented flat for a modest three-bed home in Bristol.

                He also wants to learn how to drive with a week-long intensive course, but intends to buy a Peugeot while he gets to grips with being on the road.

                Speaking today for the first time about his win, delighted Amadou said, "When I saw the number '4' on the card I knew they didn't pay out £40, so I knew it had to be £4 million. I scratched off the rest and oh my, I was so excited.

                "But I put the card back in my pocket, and went back to finish the rest of my shift.

                "It was certainly a long shift that day.

                "I didn't finish until 11.30pm or 12 that night, so had to work for almost four hours knowing I had won.

                "I don't know how I did it.

                "People say when they win the lottery they will feel like this, or that, but when you do, you feel different.

                "I wanted to celebrate, but I couldn't. It was a feeling I can't express."

                Single Mr Gillen, who has two daughters, aged 19 and 22, moved from his native The Gambia more than 20 year ago to Wiltshire.

                He has always worked in the restaurant industry, initially as an apprentice at McDonalds, before starting at The Albany Palace in Trowbridge nearly five years ago.

                He was working a 12-hour shift last Wednesday (25) when he bought the cards from a nearby McColls, alongside a packet of cigarettes, at around 8pm.

                Mr Gillen sat in a staff-only outside area to scratch the cards, and phoned his family in The Gambia at the end of his shift to say he had "got lucky".

                "I was so excited, but I didn't tell them about the win," he said.

                "I just said I had got lucky and would let them know how lucky in time!"

                He put the card — which offers a 1 in 3 chance of winning — in a briefcase back home, until it was verified by lottery officials on Tuesday.

                The bubbly pub worker did his last shift on Saturday — still not revealing the win to his bosses — and among the first things he bought were some new clothes.

                He said, "I went into work, did my shift 6pm until 10pm, and when I finished I saw my duty manager, handed over my keys, and that was it.

                "I have been doing a lot of clothes shopping, and I do enjoy going to TK Maxx because I like to get designer stuff at discount prices rather than going to Gucci.

                "I still love a bargain."

                He told his daughter Takysha Smith, 19, Wednesday, while treating her to a meal at Nando's.

                "I called her and told her 'I have something important to tell you'," he said.

                "She thought it was bad news, so I told her it was good news.

                "We got to Nando's, sat down, and she said 'tell me now Dad' so I just said 'you're not going to believe this — I won £4 million'.

                "I took a picture of the card on my phone so I showed it to her. She was quite pleased."

                Mr Gillen plans to do an intense driving course next week, and is going to book a holiday to The Gambia for a huge family party, as well as a trip to Jamaica.

                He also wants to put money aside for his eldest daughter to study a science course at university, and doesn't intend to go back to work.

                He said, "This money is a life-changer for me.

                "I can now tick all the boxes of everything I've ever wanted to do."

                Amadou can now put his eldest daughter Sera Gillen, 22, through university thanks to the £4 million win.

                He came to the UK from The Gambia in 1993 to study. He worked 42.5 hours-a-week at Wetherspoons, but did not want to reveal his wage.

                A recruitment website states the average salary for a Wetherspoons' kitchen manager is £23,500 per year.

                News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                "He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win £10 — but then the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire."

                 

                 

                CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM!

                I HOPE HE WILL NOW GIVE UP THE FAGS?

                We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                  Posted: June 4, 2016, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

                  Hope he get some financial advice before he start spending the money.

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                    Posted: June 4, 2016, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

                    Hope he get some financial advice before he start spending the money.

                    I agree, professional, independent financial and legal advice is vital when you win, or inherit, a large sum of money.

                     

                    I also can't understand why he didn't choose to remain anonymous, as all UK lottery winnings can?

                     

                    There is absolutely nothing to be gained by going public, but a lot to loose!!!!!!!!

                    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                      Obviously a hard and dedicated worker who respects the value of money. I hope his driving lessons go well and that he enjoys his new wealth.

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                        Posted: June 4, 2016, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

                        "He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win £10 — but then the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire."

                         

                         

                        CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM!

                        I HOPE HE WILL NOW GIVE UP THE FAGS?

                        Had a friend of mine who was originally from Tasmania over for dinner and drinks. Her husband went home early with their daughter and left his wife to enjoy herself as I offered to drive her home. On the ride to her house she mentioned that she was "pissed" and wanted a "fag" I was bewildered initially until she explained the Australian slang.

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                          Posted: June 4, 2016, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

                          Had a friend of mine who was originally from Tasmania over for dinner and drinks. Her husband went home early with their daughter and left his wife to enjoy herself as I offered to drive her home. On the ride to her house she mentioned that she was "pissed" and wanted a "fag" I was bewildered initially until she explained the Australian slang.

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                          The Meatman

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                            Good to hear from you myturn!

                             

                            Are UK lottery winnings exempt from taxes like the Canadian lottery??  Any LP'ers know?