IT was a traditional working day for roofer Jamie Heavens in September 2016.
The then-22-year-old, engaged to companion of three years Danielle, acquired up, went to work at his dad Mark’s roofing firm in Dorset, close to the place he lives, and began his hands-on job.
That is the precise second Jamie had affirmation he had gained £1m[/caption]
“However then I acquired a name that one of many lads had was sick, so I used to be despatched to work on one other website with my Uncle Marek,” he defined.
“On the best way Uncle Marek and I finished at Romsey Companies off the M27 for gasoline.
“I popped into the service station to get a drink.”
However Jamie picked up the fallacious flavour of pop so left the queue, rejoining it behind one other man who purchased the identical scratchcard he went onto buy seconds later.
Jamie, left, pictured with spouse Danielle, proper[/caption]
Jamie celebrating his £1m win[/caption]
“It’s a series of occasions which might change my life,” he defined. “As a result of the cardboard I purchased was price £1m.”
Whereas most individuals would most likely be screaming from the rooftops Jamie – who admitted he had at all times been “extremely wise” – was calm.
“I scratched it off in a layby and was shocked when it revealed I’d gained £1m,” he stated.
“However I had an entire day of labor forward of me and it was solely 7.30am so I wasn’t going to shout about it.”
He stored it quiet from his colleagues – telling solely his uncle and wife-to-be.
“I known as Danielle and he or she was happy however each of us wished to double examine with Camelot.
“I didn’t inform any of my mates, you should be certain.”
Danielle nonetheless buys me jogging bottoms from Primark. I’m going out and graft on a regular basis so she is aware of I’ll get them filthy. There’s no level in her getting me actually sensible ones, they might simply get wrecked.
So, regardless of being a millionaire, he went on to work.
“I used to be up a roof once I acquired the decision confirming I had gained £1m,” he stated. “Danielle was shocked. “However it was a pair extra days earlier than the cash was cashed. Uncle Marek stated we may go wild along with his bank card within the meantime however we stated no.
“We have been by no means going to go mad.”
The couple did determine to purchase a automobile every, a Mercedes GLA for him and a BMW X3 for Danielle.
“She was worrying although,” he stated. “She stated, ‘I’ve by no means spent a lot cash earlier than.’”
The couple, who met when he was 19 and he or she was 17 whereas working at McDonald’s additionally splashed out on a £25okay marriage ceremony in 2017 – nonetheless lower than the nationwide common of round £30okay.
And Danielle remains to be working as a receptionist at a storage whereas Jamie arrange his personal firm, a roadside restoration service.
Jamie has returned to Store ‘N’ Drive off the M27 the place he picked up his successful ticket[/caption]
Jamie celebrates his win with fizz[/caption]
Each are key staff and haven’t stopped throughout lockdown with their son Hughie, 4 – who was a new child when his mother and father gained the lotto, splitting his time between faculty and residential.
“We purchased two properties too,” he stated. “Together with a bungalow we stay in in Bournemouth.
“We additionally went on a couple of holidays – nothing massively fancy although.”
However general Jamie stated they’d been remarkably wise. “Danielle nonetheless buys me jogging bottoms from Primark,” he stated. “I’m going out and graft on a regular basis so she is aware of I’ll get them filthy.
“There’s no level in her getting me actually sensible ones, they might simply get wrecked.”
The couple additionally do their meals store in Asda and Tesco. “We’re not going to spend £500 every week on meals, we aren’t mad,” he stated. “Positive, issues aren’t tight however we’re wise folks. I’d cringe on the considered shopping for designer garments.
“For us it’s massively essential Hughie is aware of the worth of cash.
Danielle and Jamie each purchased new vehicles[/caption]
“I need him to see his mother and father working. I need us to come up with the money for to ship him to school if he desires to go.
“Folks have stated I could be probably the most wise lottery winner there may be, and I believe they could be proper.
“In spite of everything we nonetheless work, we purchased a bungalow – and our greatest deal with is a Toby Carvery as soon as a month.
“However I wouldn’t have it another manner.”
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