Scratchcard millionaire eyes luxury cruise after massive win
A road worker who lifted £4 million on a lottery scratchcard is set to swap the steamroller for a luxury cruise liner.
Ross Hearst, 35, said the big win could not have come at a better time, as he and his wife are expecting their first child in April.
The Co Armagh man admitted he had some difficulty getting through to wife Jocelyn to let her know about Wednesday's life-changing moment.
"After 22 missed calls, I finally got through to her and told her my news, but she didn't believe me," said Mr Hearst on Friday.
"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."
He bought the winning £4m Blue scratchcard, from The National Lottery GameStore, from a Spar store on the Gilpinstown Road in Lurgan, Co Armagh.
"It's really unbelievable," he said. "I would normally buy a scratchcard every week, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream of winning such a huge amount.
"In fact, I had just won a tenner on a scratchcard and when I was in the store, I decided to exchange it for a £4 Million Blue scratchcard. I don't normally buy the £10 scratchcards, but this one was the last one on the shelf so I just had an urge to buy it.
"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."
He added: "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."
Mr Hearst insisted his feet would remain firmly on the ground.
"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," he said.
"I'll take a career break from work - who knows, I may want to go back some day - and I plan to invest it wisely but haven't really had time to think about how just yet.
"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," he added.