Bloke becomes millionaire after life-changing lottery win – but keeps it secret
A young construction worker has been keeping a life-changing secret for the last two weeks — he's a millionaire.
James Evans, 21, works as a block paver for his dad's business in South Derbyshire but he's 'Set For Life' after his big win on December 28.
"I woke up on Tuesday morning and had forgotten all about the Set For Life ticket I had bought the day before," he said.
"I have been working consistently throughout the pandemic and I've been really busy, so I was enjoying some time off over the Christmas break. I turned on my PlayStation, ready to play a game and checked my emails whilst waiting for it to load.
"I noticed an email from The National Lottery to say I'd won a prize, but didn't think too much of it as I'd won £5 not too long ago.
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"I checked the National Lottery app and saw that I had matched all of the five main numbers and the Life Ball. I couldn't believe it! I ran down to my mum to get her to check but she wasn't sure either."
James called Camelot to confirm the win, and realised as prize winner he'd be receiving £10,000 a month for the next 30 years — a total of £3.6 million.
He decided to go rock climbing to clear his head after the amazing news, and even ran into some friends — but kept his lips sealed.
"Whilst climbing, I ended up bumping into one of my best friends and his girlfriend, who were also climbing but I didn't tell them about my win – I didn't know what to do!"
James kept his big news a secret over New Year's, not even spilling the beans in a virtual drinks with friends.
"I had a great evening with all of my friends but I was adamant I wasn't going to tell anyone as it still didn't feel real – it was really difficult not to slip up!" he said.
"I have since told all of my friends and they are so happy and shocked."
He has no plans to change much about his life in the immediate future, intending to keep living with his parents and working with his dad. However once travel restrictions are lifted James intends to go globe-trotting.
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"My first thought was a skiing trip to Canada with my family," he said.
"I would also love to go to Alaska, I will definitely take a trip of a lifetime there when it's safe to travel again.
"I am going to stay at home for the time being and have a think about what I want to do. My dad was chuffed for me and he doesn't want me working for him for the rest of his life, but I will always be there to help him out, whatever I decide to do in the future."
"There isn't anything I need or want at the moment, although I have been eyeing up a new computer. I haven't been able to play any of my sports due to the pandemic so having my Playstation has kept me busy."
Hardworking James is also keen to get back to coaching badminton at his local club once the pandemic is over.
"I never thought I would actually win, but you have to be in it to win it, as they say," he added.
The winning Set For Life numbers for the draw on Monday 28 December, 2020 were 2, 4, 22, 37, 45, and the Life Ball was 10.
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