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Man Wins Multi-Million Jackpot For Christmas

Lucky Man Gets Millions For Early Christmas Present The mystery winner of an unclaimed multi-million dollar lotto jackpot was revealed to be a construction worker who drove around for...

Lucky Man Gets Millions For Early Christmas Present

The mystery winner of an unclaimed multi-million dollar lotto jackpot was revealed to be a construction worker who drove around for six weeks with the winning ticket tucked inside the visor of his van.

51-year-old Andrew Clark had worked through weeks of bitterly cold weather before he finally checked the ticket – and he only did so because his wife-of-four-years, Trisha Fairhurst, and his niece kept nagging him to do so. It’s a good thing that they did, too, because Clark ended up winning $96 million (£76 million).

“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,” said Clark, who is from Lincolnshire, England. “It was something of a standing joke that I had all the tickets while there was a local prize outstanding, so for weeks they were on at me to check.”

“It was about 8 pm and we were watching telly when Louise reminded me again about the tickets,” he added. “I finally gave in, got the bundle out of the van and started to work my way through them, methodically from the oldest to the most recent.”

“You might say I was winding up Louise, but I certainly didn’t expect the wind-up to end with me saying, ‘I’ve done it, I’ve won £76 Million’ – I won’t say what she said in response.”

The company behind the lottery, Camelot, spent weeks searching for the holder of the winning EuroMillions ticket after the November 2nd draw. “It almost feels like some magical Christmas story, the man who nearly lost £76 million,” says Clark. “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.

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

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