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I stopped to get milk and scooped £17.8m on the lottery

A lorry driver who scooped £17.8m on the National Lottery said he only bought the winning ticket on a whim as he stopped off to buy a pint of milk.

Matthew Breach (37), from Battle, East Sussex, won the windfall last Wednesday after he matched six numbers in the Lotto triple rollover jackpot.

Mr Breach, who has played the lottery since it began, using the same numbers, said his winning ticket was from random numbers.

He said: “I stopped to buy a pint of milk on my way home from work and got four lucky dips as well.

“I do two lines on a Saturday, and two on a Wednesday, which I've always done, and these were just extras.”

Speaking at a Press conference at the Ashdown Park Hotel in Wych Cross, he said he was not sure what he would do with the money, but would probably buy a sports car and go on holiday.

He said: “Me and my friend |always used to talk about if we won the lottery and now I've won it I don't know what to do.

“I just still feel like it's a dream and it's not real, and I keep |pinching myself and checking my phone to make sure the numbers are there, and they are.”

Mr Breach, who now plans to move out of his one-bedroom council flat and buy a new house, said the most he had ever won with his usual numbers was £10.

‘I'm a gadget fan, so there will be some big boys’ toys on the list’

He discovered he had won the £17,799,986 jackpot the day after the draw. He checked his numbers while out in his lorry, and called his boss to double check.

After he read out four numbers, he told him “if you say 41 and 49 then I've won the jackpot”, but he did not believe him until he saw the ticket himself.

He said: “I told my mum the news but then I had a short nap to clear my head before I went to see my sisters. I've been in a bit of a daze since then, to be honest.”

Mr Breach said he would “definitely” be quitting his job as a lorry driver delivering aggregates to building sites, which he has done for the past six years.

He said: “No more getting up at five o'clock in the morning for me, thanks.”

He added: “I'll sort my family out and some friends that I've known for a long time as well, so will hopefully make some more people happy.”

Mr Breach, who is single and has no children, said he plans to keep his feet firmly on the ground and, just two days after he found out he had won, kept a promise to help a friend dig out a pond.

He said he would probably buy “a couple” of sports cars and wants to travel the world — but will have to get a new passport first.

“I last went abroad over 15 years ago and my current passport |expired a long time ago.

“I'm also a fan of gadgets so there will be some big boys' toys on the list, too,” he added.

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