Wheel of fortune for Suffolk trucker

A LORRY driver who spent the entire contents of his pockets on Lottery tickets on a spur of the moment is now £193,884 richer.DIY enthusiast Don Gee, 55, found two pounds in his pocket, then bought two Lotto Lucky Dips and matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw last week.

A LORRY driver who spent the entire contents of his pockets on Lottery tickets on a spur of the moment is now £193,884 richer.

DIY enthusiast Don Gee, 55, found two pounds in his pocket, then bought two Lotto Lucky Dips and matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw last week.

His wife, Kathleen, also 55, usually buys the couple's tickets for each Wednesday and Saturday draw but Mr Gee bought the winning tickets on a whim before work one morning while a friend was buying a newspaper at a newsagent.

The Lowestoft grandfather-of-ten said: “I put my hand in my pocket and found two pound coins, and I don't know why but I just decided to buy two lines for the Lotto draw.


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“I put the ticket in my diary and forgot all about it. We had checked our regular numbers on Wednesday but it wasn't until Thursday evening when I got out my diary and the ticket fell out that I remembered it.”

He brought up the numbers on Teletext and says he stared at the result for half-an-hour but still couldn't believe his eyes so he asked his wife and daughter, Shelley, to check the numbers.

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Mr Gee says he still plans on continuing working for as a council worker and will be spending his winnings on a new bungalow, a car, tools for his favourite hobby, DIY, paying off the mortgage and treating their ten grandchildren to a holiday at Euro Disney.

Celebrating at News-Box in Suffolk Street, where the winning ticket was bought, Mr Gee had hoped his son Mark would make it home to join them but explained that Mark's wife, Kim, was currently on a concert tour of the UK after making the final of Pop Idol.

He said: “I'm still in complete shock. It's been a lot to take in.”

The newsagent has not known Lottery success before and shop assistant Christine Follett, who sold Mr Gee the winning ticket, thought the champagne celebrations were wonderful.

“This actually brings it home that people do win the Lottery,” she said.

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