£25? You've won £13.5 million!
Published 02/06/2015 | 13:26
A great-grandfather who scooped a £13.5 million Lotto jackpot thought he had won just £25.
Peter Congdon, 67, won the life-changing £13,538,113 after matching all six numbers in last Wednesday's Lotto Quadruple Rollover draw.
But before buying a ticket the widower was told by three different people that he would be lucky on the day of the draw after winning a small amount of money on National Lottery Scratchcards three days in a row.
Mr Congdon, from Truro in Cornwall, said: "As I was collecting my scratchcard winnings on Wednesday I bumped into someone in the shop who said 'Make sure you buy a Lotto ticket because if anyone wins that rollover, it's going to be you'.
"I had two more very similar comments that afternoon and they were right - it was definitely my lucky day."
He checked his results on the TV red button as soon as the draw was over on Wednesday night and recognised a couple of numbers straightaway.
"I thought I might have won £25. Then I realised I'd matched six numbers and there was only one jackpot winner so I ran straight down to my daughter's house and asked her to double-check," Mr Congdon said.
"When she agreed with me, I came home and put my ticket in a book in the kitchen and made myself a cup of tea. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that night."
Mr Congdon, a widower, is looking forward to celebrating his win with his family, including three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who all live nearby.
As well as treating his close-knit family, he has already been planning how to spend his money and has his eye on a new Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Mr Congdon is also hoping to take his family on their annual holiday to Butlin's in Minehead.
"I've always wanted a Land Rover so my daughter and I headed straight to the local showroom to book ourselves a test drive," he said.
"If it goes well, I'll hopefully buy one for each of us. My other children won't be left out. I'll treat them to new cars as well.
"As for the family holiday, we've been going to Butlin's for 40 years so this year won't be any different."
Mr Congdon is very active in his local community and as well as being a Truro City councillor, he runs bingo in the community centre three times a week and helps out with family services.
He has also helped secure National Lottery funding for the Trelander & St Clements Community Association across a number of projects, including the building of a new community hall on the Trelander Estate, worth in total £378,709.
A regular Lotto player, Mr Congdon always uses the same numbers, which are a mixture of birthdays, anniversaries and lucky numbers.
The winning numbers on May 27 were 12, 27, 28, 39, 41 and 48. The winning ticket was purchased at the Trelander post office and Premier in The Quadrant, Trelander, Truro.