Two County Down bin men have won £70,000 on a scratchcard after they swapped their sausage rolls for a scratchcard because one of them was on a diet.
A new car and a trip to Disneyland in Paris are just a couple of options on the shopping lists of Stephen Inglis (46), from Bangor, and Frank McCormick (44), from Newtownards, after striking it rich on a Jewel 7s Doubler Scratchcard that they bought from Centra in Holywood.
“We’re still in total disbelief,” explained Stephen who has known Frank for nine years and worked with him for the last four. “Every morning when we’re driving the bin lorry, we listen to Johnny Hero’s ‘Minute To Win It’ quiz on U105 and see who can get the most answers right – with the loser buying the sausage rolls.
“However Frank’s been on a diet recently so we swapped the sausage rolls for scratchcards - but we never thought we would win. All I can say is thank God that Frank needed to lose a bit of weight,” he laughed.
Normally the duo choose a random scratchcard but, not having any success with this method, Stephen decided on this occasion to choose a Jewel 7s Doubler Scratchcard which they took back to the lorry and scratched in the car park.
“Frank always scratches the cards as I never win,” continued Stephen, “and he said to me that we had a lucky 7 in one of the rows. Then after a pause, he said ‘we’ve won 70, we’ve won 70’. I said ’70 quid?’ and he said ‘no, 70 thousand.
“Obviously I thought Frank was talking garbage but he insisted that he wasn’t so we took the card back into the Centra and they told us to ring Camelot as they couldn’t pay such a large amount over the counter!
“We phoned Camelot and the rest is history. They confirmed our win and we still can’t believe it. It feels like it’s not really happening, but we’re not complaining,” he added.