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Man finds $86 million lottery ticket in his car

Dec 23, 2018, 11:42 am

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A builder who stockpiled lottery tickets in his van discovered he had won £76 million (US$86 million) in the multi-country EuroMillions game six weeks after the winning draw.

Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, said he was taking early retirement after discovering the winning ticket tucked in the visor of his Peugeot Expert van. Boston is a town and small port in Lincolnshire, on the east coast of England, approximately 100 miles north of London.

He made a claim for the prize — the 12th biggest win ever in the UK — last week, Camelot said.

Mr. Clark, who was urged to check his stash by his partner, said, "Trisha kept telling me to check the tickets, and her niece Louise, who I was building an extension for, was also in on it once she'd heard about the unclaimed prize in the news.

"It was something of a standing joke that I had all these tickets while there was a local prize outstanding, so for weeks they were on at me to check."

The ticket was bought from Eastwood Road Post Office in Boston.

Self-employed Mr. Clark revealed himself as the winner at a press conference in Grantham on Friday morning.

Referring to himself as "the man who nearly lost £76 million", he said he realized he was the mystery winner after he "finally gave in" and began working his way through his stash of tickets one evening.

He and his partner, Trisha Fairhurst, 51, have already bought a new home and two cars but say "the best thing about the win is how we can help all our family".

The grandfather-of-three said, "It almost feels like some magical Christmas story, the man who nearly lost £76 million! For all our family, I'm very pleased that Trisha and Louise nagged me to check those tickets!

"This Christmas is going to be a quiet affair, but next year will be a different story. Trisha and I have this vision of hiring a big lodge or hotel so that the whole family can get together and swap stories about how they've spent their share over the past 12 months.

"This win isn't just about Christmas magic, it's about creating a lifetime of magical moments for all those around us."

Mr. Clark and Ms. Fairhurst, who have been together for four years, said they had already bought their Christmas presents and did not intend to upgrade this year's festive plans.

But he admitted he had already increased the amount he had put in his granddaughters' Christmas cards, leaving one six-year-old dancing for joy.

"Normally I put £30 or £40 in a card for the grandkids on their birthdays and that," he said.

"Because of the day, I put £200 in her card. She seemed more interested in that, dancing around waving it about. She loved it".

Ms. Fairhurst said the press conference was taking place when they were supposed to be doing their Christmas food shopping.

Mr. Clark said the winning ticket was in a wad of tickets stuffed behind the visor in his van.

He admitted this was "not really safe", adding, "I've had them blow out of the window before but, luckily, this one didn't."

He said it was "one hell of a moment" when they realized they had the winning ticket. He said, "I was stunned, I couldn't believe it."

Mr. Clark, who has known he was the jackpot winner for a week, said he has already bought one car — a Nissan Qashqai — for Ms. Fairhurst and put a deposit down on a high-spec, £80,000 Mercedes, which is due for delivery on Saturday.

He said the Nissan dealer even said to them "are you those £76 million winners?" but they decided to stay quiet.

Mr. Clark said he has also put a deposit down on a new four-bed house.

"We haven't gone too extravagant," he said. "It's a nice, bigger family home."

Mr. Clark admitted it had a big garage so he can now indulge his love of cars and bikes: "If not, I'll build another one."

Mr. Clark said he has already given up working for other people — including walking away from the extension for Ms. Fairhurst's niece.

"The extension will get finished, It just won't be me," he said, adding, "I'd rather do that than go out in the cold."

He said he has never like working in the winter and is now looking forward to planning holidays to destinations like Mauritius, the Maldives and Hawaii.

But Ms. Fairhurst said she has no immediate plans to give up her job as a catering assistant at Boston Pilgrim Hospital.

She said the win will make a huge difference to her 14-year-old daughter who has special needs and will need help to live independently when she is older.

"This will set her up for life," she said. "I can pay for private care for her and residential care when she gets a bit older."

Mr. Clark has two sons in their thirties and three granddaughters, aged two, six and nine: "They will all be looked after — well looked after. They'll not want for anything."

He said he will continue to play the lottery — and still plans to only check his tickets every three months.

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Thanks to dannyct for the tip.

Belfast Telegraph

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Posted: December 23, 2018, 11:53 am - IP Logged

Congrats Andrew and Trisha !!!! Have a fantastic life

Trish, from now on ? You're in charge of the tickets !!!

Integrity: There is just no substitute.

    music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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    Posted: December 23, 2018, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

    "plans on only checking his tickets every three Months". Old habits die hard. 

     Congratulations!!  Party

     "We are all in this together!" 

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      Posted: December 23, 2018, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

      "plans on only checking his tickets every three Months". Old habits die hard. 

       Congratulations!!  Party

      Yeah.

      My habit is to check my tix within minutes of the draw.

      CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

      A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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        Posted: December 23, 2018, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

        He admitted this was "not really safe", adding, "I've had them blow out of the window before but, luckily, this one didn't."

        Sounds like the ideal lottery player from the point of view of the government.

        Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

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          Northern Beaches
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          Posted: December 23, 2018, 8:03 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to the lucky couple. What a fantastic Christmas present, and tax-free too.

           

          However, they made a huge mistakes in going public. The UK National Lottery allows winners to remain anonymous, they should have taken that option.

           

          Hopefully, they will be strong enough to resist all the letters begging for assistance.

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            Northern Beaches
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            Posted: December 23, 2018, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

            He admitted this was "not really safe", adding, "I've had them blow out of the window before but, luckily, this one didn't."

            Sounds like the ideal lottery player from the point of view of the government.

            The UK Lottery has a subscription service, which means your tickets can't get blown out the window of your van.

             

            The British Lottery also offers a direct debit/credit option. Players can choose the direct debit option, paying monthly by direct debit.

             

            All small prizes are automatically credited to the same account. I know of any other lottery which offers such a service.

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              Posted: December 23, 2018, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

              CongratsParty

              Life, love, family Love

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                Posted: December 24, 2018, 4:54 am - IP Logged

                Congratulations to the lucky couple. What a fantastic Christmas present, and tax-free too.

                 

                However, they made a huge mistakes in going public. The UK National Lottery allows winners to remain anonymous, they should have taken that option.

                 

                Hopefully, they will be strong enough to resist all the letters begging for assistance.

                People who throw away lottery tickets are not the sharpest item in a bag of cotton balls, so I wouldn't be surprised at all that they do a media interview, and they'll probably give money to strangers who ask. They'll be broke in 5 years.

                I just don't get it... why would someone buy a lottery ticket and never check it? Do they expect a lottery official to track them down, telling them they won?

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                  Posted: December 24, 2018, 9:08 am - IP Logged

                  People who throw away lottery tickets are not the sharpest item in a bag of cotton balls, so I wouldn't be surprised at all that they do a media interview, and they'll probably give money to strangers who ask. They'll be broke in 5 years.

                  I just don't get it... why would someone buy a lottery ticket and never check it? Do they expect a lottery official to track them down, telling them they won?

                  OTOH I don't like when Lotteries out folks.  Specifically the California lottery when they reviewed a tape of where/when the jackpot was sold and plastered it all over the media.  If not mistaken I believe they said that would never happen again.

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                    Posted: December 24, 2018, 11:01 am - IP Logged

                    OTOH I don't like when Lotteries out folks.  Specifically the California lottery when they reviewed a tape of where/when the jackpot was sold and plastered it all over the media.  If not mistaken I believe they said that would never happen again.

                    The CA Lottery was successful in at least two cases. The winners were found. 

                     I hope that they use that method as a last resort. Another tool in their toolkit.

                     There are inherent problems with the videotapes. They could be hours off. Not showing the actual winners. 

                     I will remember to wave my tickets in front of the cameras next time I buy some. 

                     Flashing my cash in public. LOL Green laugh

                     "We are all in this together!" 

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                      Posted: December 24, 2018, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

                      If no one claims the jackpot, return the money to the prize pool and let someone else win it.

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                        Posted: December 24, 2018, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

                        Never underestimate the sanctuary of your car. I have come to have a new & deep respect for vehicles. If you misplace your winning lottery ticket(s) you at least know it could be in the visor, glove compartment, under the floor mats etc. You at an advantage with the square footage to search.But in the house.. oh brother!

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

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                          Posted: December 24, 2018, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

                          OTOH I don't like when Lotteries out folks.  Specifically the California lottery when they reviewed a tape of where/when the jackpot was sold and plastered it all over the media.  If not mistaken I believe they said that would never happen again.

                          Yes they did BD. It was back in 2012. It got my attention since it was in my neck of the woods, and kindled my interest in the lottery. Prior to that, it was more of a passing interest. That interest led me here, to LP.

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

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                            Posted: December 24, 2018, 4:09 pm - IP Logged

                            6 weeks to check tickets.  Out of habit I check my tickets same night after the drawing.  Could never wait that long