Man down to ‘last £13’ wins £2.4 million Lotto jackpot
STOKE-ON-TRENT – A tiler whose lucky dip ticket earned him over £2.4 million after matching all the numbers in a recent Lotto draw claimed that he was down to his last few pounds before claiming the massive win.
Neil Jones, 47, who works for himself told the the Daily Mirror how his work had dried up and said, “We’ve just been scraping along. We borrowed some money so we could get through Christmas, knowing that in the New Year there were a couple of jobs possibly in the pipeline. I was down to my last 13 quid. Business has been very poor. A lot of the people I used to work for, bathroom companies and stuff, have gone to the wall and there’s a knock-on effect. If they’re not sending me work, then I have to try and look for other work from other places, which is a hard thing to do. It’s been not very good at all.”
Mr. Jones won the £2,446,436 prize on his lucky dip ticket after matching all six numbers drawn, which were 14, 16, 23, 24, 25 and 43. He is the only ticket holder in the country to have the winning ticket meaning he and his family will receive the whole jackpot.
He and his wife said that they planned to use the money to buy a new home and splash out on a holiday to Egypt. They are also planning to smash their £100 budget on Christmas presents for each other.
Published: December 15, 2010