Plumber wins £ 300,000 on scratch card, decides to change careers after dad loses battle with cancer
An Essex plumber who won £ 300,000 on a lottery scratch card has pledged to trade in his key for a laptop by switching back to being a videographer.
Sean Irwin, 36, of Brentwood, said he wanted to make the most of every opportunity after losing his father to cancer this year.
The plumber bought his winning scratch card from a town newsagent where he went to buy bottled water for himself and a co-worker.
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He had exactly £ 3 of change left and therefore decided to buy a Ruby Doubler National Lottery scratch card, the PA news agency reports.
Scratch cards cost £ 3 and prizes range from £ 3 up to the top prize of £ 300,000.
Mr Irwin said he started playing scratch card in his car before returning to the site where he worked.
“I had only played half of it when I saw that I had tied two numbers 22 and revealed the prize symbol for £ 300,000,” he explained.
“I thought I was seeing things, and I checked, then double-checked, I even read the rules on the back of the scratch card.”
Not trusting himself, he returned to the site regularly and called his boss to sit in the passenger seat and look at the scratch card.
His boss agreed that sounded like a winner and said Mr. Irwin should call Camelot.
“It was a classic moment, there is me and the boss sitting in my little Ford Focus calling Camelot to confirm I had won £ 300,000,” he said.
“After all the checks the lady from Camelot started singing ‘Congratulations’ and we both started to clap, it was awesome.
“It has been a very difficult year, which culminated with the loss of my father to cancer this summer, and if I have learned anything, it is to make the most of every opportunity.
“This victory has opened so many doors and will give me the security to explore a whole new career, so I’m going to do just that.”
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He said he would also make sure his mother was okay.
“I came back to live with mum and dad a few years ago and have stayed ever since,” he said.
“The first thing I’m going to do is pay daddy’s funeral expenses and buy a really nice gravestone too so mum doesn’t have this worry looming over her.”
“She’s been my biggest supporter so it’s the best feeling to be able to support her a little bit now.
“I’m also looking to buy an apartment, whether it’s to live there or as an investment, and then when I can do it safely again, I go on a trip.
“I’ve spent time in Australia and South East Asia, so I could go back there, or maybe I’ll explore South America instead.
“It’s an amazing feeling knowing that if I’m careful with that money then the trips I want to take, the career I want to have, and the long-term security I need can all be achieved, and everything. this thanks to £ 3 loose change. “
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