Northern Ireland man wins £4 million on National Lottery scratchcard
"Our baby, and our life as a family, will have such a perfect start. Words can’t describe it. It’s just amazing.”
There will be no January blues for one lucky Co Armagh man as he scooped an eye-watering £4million on a National Lottery Scratchcard.
Road worker Ross Hearst and his wife Jocelyn have got the New Year off to a winning start.
The new millionaire bought the scratch card in a shop in Lurgan on January 6 after he won £10 on a previous scratchcard.
In a stroke of luck he spotted the £4 Million Blue Scratchcard which offers a 1 in 3.06 overall chance of winning a prize - which can range from £10 to the top prize of £4M.
Ross phoned his wife 22 times in a bid to tell her the news and when she finally heard the news she couldn't believe it.
And it couldn't come at a better time for the couple as they are expecting their first baby in April.
He said: “It was lunchtime and when I went back to work, I scratched the card and just couldn’t believe it when I won. I was so excited that when I tried to ring Camelot to verify the win, I kept pressing the wrong buttons on my phone. I finally had it confirmed though and immediately tried to phone my wife.
“After 22 missed calls, I finally got through to her and told her my news but she didn’t believe me.
"She thought I was winding her up so told me to stop being silly and hung up me, but she phoned me back and I assured her that I would never joke over something so big.”
“We’re expecting our first baby in April so this win has just come at such a perfect time. Our baby, and our life as a family, will have such a perfect start. Words can’t describe it. It’s just amazing.”
The happy Co Armagh couple who has scooped £4M on a scratch card. pic.twitter.com/mdRMbTbtGP— Catherine McCurry (@CateMcCurry) January 8, 2016
But Ross has said despite the huge win their feet are firmly on the ground.
He said: “Our circumstances may have changed, but we won’t change as people."
“This is a truly amazing time in our lives with the new baby due and to win such a large amount of money, particularly at such an important time, is a dream come true.
“Obviously, we’ll make sure that our baby has everything she needs but we won’t be making any rash decisions as to how we spend our money. "
Ross plans to take a break from work but plans to invest wisely.
He said: “I’m not a great flyer so I think we’ll book ourselves a nice cruise holiday and I’ll definitely buy myself a new car. I have my eye on an Audi A3.
"Jocelyn says she’s going to buy a new hoover so I think that shows how sensible we’ll be with our money."
Ross’s winning £4 Million Blue Scratchcard cost £10 and offers a 1 in 3.06 overall chance of winning a prize, which can range from £10 to the top prize of £4M.
“I haven’t slept a wink since I won.
“I still can’t believe it. I’m very thankful though and it just goes to show that it can happen to anyone.”
His win may inspire even more people to play this Saturday's mammoth Lotto draw with a £50m jackpot which rolled over from Wednesday.
The National Lottery is warning those to make sure they get a ticket early.
New regulations introduced by the operator mean that even if the six winning numbers are not chosen by one lucky player, the money will go to those matching the numbers in the next tier where there is at least one winner.
However, should one person have all six winning numbers they will become the UK's biggest ever jackpot winner in the competition's history.
On Friday morning an email was sent out to those registered to play the game online.
"If you plan to buy a ticket and need to add funds to your account to play, we would recommend that you do this as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment," it said.