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County Down Man Shocked At Million Pound Scratch Card Win

"I couldn’t shake the idea that someone was pranking me"

Martin McKenna left) with his friend Gerard

A COUNTY Down bank worker saw his life change in a matter of seconds recently as became a millionaire from a National Lottery scratchcard.

Martin McKenna, 35, bought the Millionaire 777 Red Scratchcard at Tesco Knocknagoney on a whim when out shopping. After winning £20 on the first card he bought, Martin didn’t expect any further luck with his second scratchcard.

Speaking of the shock of winning £1,000,000, he said: “I couldn’t shake the idea that someone was pranking me and that the scratchcard wasn’t real. I left the queue and continued my shopping as I tried to process what was going on. I simply couldn’t believe that this was really happening.

“When I look back now I think I was in shock. So I asked the cashier if the scratchcards they sold were all real to which he replied that they were all genuine. It was then I revealed to him that I thought I’d just won a lot of money.”

Martin McKenna left) with his friend Gerard

Martin McKenna (left) with his friend Gerard

Martin’s next thought was about how he would break the news to his girlfriend, Ceri.

He explained: “As soon I walked through the door she was holding a big pot of spaghetti so I told her to put it down, that I had some news for her.

“She saw by my face that something wasn’t right and immediately thought I had something bad to tell her. However, when I told her that I’d just won £1,000,000 on a scratchcard she just couldn’t believe it – in fact she didn’t.”

In a bid to convince his girlfriend that the scratchcard was genuine, he asked her to invite trusted friends to their home who could verify the win.

“She asked me to text a couple of friends of ours but I didn’t tell them why I wanted them to pop round. When they arrived and looked at the scratchcard their reaction too was complete disbelief.

“However, after a few moments the news really sunk in with them all. We couldn’t even shout and scream with joy as our young son was asleep upstairs in bed – but believe me we were screaming on the inside.”

Martin has big plans for his winnings. He said: “I want to buy a new house, clear my debts and treat my family and friends. I’ve also always wanted to own a Volkswagen car so I will be visiting a showroom as soon as I can to buy one for myself and one for Ceri.”

The Millionaire 777 Red Scratchcard offers a 1 in 3.49 overall chance of winning. The card costs £5 and prizes range from £5 up to the top prize of £1,000,000.

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