Digger driver George Bates is celebrating after bagging a quarter of a million pounds on a National Lottery scratchcard.
George, 23, from Great Leighs in Essex, purchased the gold scratchcard at his local post office but forgot to scratch it until a few hours later when he was having a pint.
“I’d literally just got a pint and sat down at my table when I remembered the scratchcard I’d bought a bit earlier.
“As I revealed the £250,000 prize symbol, I leapt up and started to shout and cheer. I was buzzing!”
He added: “Once I’d seen what that little piece of card was worth, I pretty promptly downed my pint and headed home to tell my mum and give it to her for safekeeping.”
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George says he is making plans for the future, which includes a hot tub for the garden and a trip to North America. He will also look to make investments.
“Long term, I’d like to travel,” he said. There’s a crazy plan to maybe go to North America and drive diggers in the goldfields.
“Given my luck on this scratchcard, maybe I should try my luck there!”