Cat helped us win £1m lotto

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Lucy Thorn­ton

( it’s a big boost for the kitty! )

A COU­PLE have re­vealed how they be­came mil­lion­aires thanks to their lucky gin­ger tom cat Short­cake.

Andy Han­cock hit the jack­pot af­ter rush­ing out to buy a tin of cat food from a petrol sta­tion af­ter com­ing home late from work.

The cater­ing di­rec­tor said he filled up the car with fuel and bought a £5 Mo­nop­oly Mil­lion­aire scratch­card at the till. But he couldn’t be­lieve what he was see­ing when he sat in his ve­hi­cle and scratched off the lucky sym­bol winning £1mil­lion.

“I looked and looked again and started to get a bit hot when I re­alised I won. I checked it about seven or eight times,” he said.

The 46-year-old from Mans­field in Not­ting­hamshire drove straight home to break the news to his 43-year-old wife, Paula, and son Xavier, 12.

Paula, said: “He came home and shouted ‘Paula, Xavier, come quick’.We both ran in and he was just stood there with his legs wide and his arms in the air say­ing ‘I’ve won £1mil­lion’.”

They ended up “jump­ing up and down and cry­ing with joy” when their win was con­firmed. They cel­e­brated by drink­ing Pimm’s un­til the early hours of the morn­ing and plan­ning how to spend the wind­fall.

But Andy ad­mits on the night he bought the scratch­card he to­tally for­got why he had gone to the garage in the first place and did not pick up the cat food af­ter all.

Short­cake, de­scribed as a “very fussy cat who loves a cud­dle”, made do with a tin of ham in­stead.

From now on though, he will be get­ting an up­grade on ev­ery­thing – even though he “al­ready lives the life of lux­ury”. “If it wasn’t for Short­cake, we wouldn’t be mil­lion­aires,” said Paula.

ANOTTINGHA­MSHIRE fam­ily dis­cov­ered it re­ally pays to give your cat at­ten­tion. An­drew Han­cock re­alised he had for­got­ten to stock up on cat food – and when he stopped at a petrol sta­tion to buy some chicken Whiskers he bought a winning scratch­card with a £1mil­lion prize.

The ju­bi­lant Han­cock fam­ily let their gin­ger tom cat, Short­cake, en­joy a tin of ham that night. He de­served it. Their cat re­ally brought home the ba­con.

Pic­tures: ROLAND LEON

The cou­ple break open the bub­bly af­ter hit­ting the jack­pot Andy and Paula Han­cock cel­e­brate their win with lucky cat, Short­cake

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