CAT WINS LOTTO
My pussy made me £1MILLION
A COUPLE bagged a £1million lottery win after dashing out to buy dinner for their cat called Shortcake.
A COUPLE who scooped a £1million lottery scratchcard prize have thanked their cat – because they were buying his dinner when they picked it up.
Andrew Hancock, 46, rushed to a petrol station to pick up pet food after a 10-hour shift but bought the £5 card instead.
He scratched the Monopoly Millionaire card in the car and realised he had hit the jackpot.
Andrew and wife Paula, 43, of Mansfield, Notts, treated their ginger tom Shortcake to ham for dinner as a reward.
He said: “I scratched the card and I’m looking at the card, in disbelief.
“So I thought, I’ll get straight home and go out for the cat food later on.
“Which we didn’t, so he had ham. He was quite happy with that.
“I buy quite a few scratchcards. You always hope and dream. I always wondered what the winning scratchcard would look like.
“I’m sure Shortcake will be treated.
“If it wasn’t for Shortcake, we would not be millionaires.”
The family say they now plan a break in France.
Andrew and Paula, who run a catering business together, hid the winning ticket in a Gordon Ramsay cookbook for safe-keeping.
So far the couple have only used the money to buy a new phone for their 12-year-old son Xavier.
But Paula said she “couldn’t get off Rightmove” for the first few days.
ANDREW and Paula Hancock bought a £1million scratchcard after forgetting to get food for their cat Shortcake.
Perhaps they’ll now change his name to Lucky.
■ TOM FOOLERY: Andrew, Paula and Shortcake CAT SCRATCH ■ FEVER: Couple celebrate their win