CAT WINS LOTTO

My pussy made me £1MIL­LION

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - by ADELA WHIT­TING­HAM

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

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