City lorry driver’s Lot­tery wind­fall

Lot­tery win­ner Don­ald who thought he’d won £4,000 stunned to find out he had ac­tu­ally scooped £184,000

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ec­cle­ston News Re­porter­cle­ston@trin­i­tymir­

Now I’ve won £184,059 I will be able to have a re­ally nice re­tire­ment and give my chil­dren a nice life too... DON­ALD TEN­NANT

A LORRY driver from Coven­try quit his job af­ter find­ing out he had won at least £4,000 on the Post­code Lot­tery – but he ac­tu­ally went home with more than £180,000.

Don­ald Ten­nant, 64, de­cided to call it a day from hit­ting the roads af­ter find­ing out he was one of 79 winners in the city thanks to the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

Lit­tle did he know that he was in for a wind­fall of £184,059 for play­ing with the win­ning post­code of CV1 5HN.

Don­ald’s life was changed for­ever along with the other lucky winners who each re­ceived their share of the mas­sive £3 mil­lion prize pot at a cer­e­mony at Coven­try Cathe­dral.

Don­ald said: “I re­ally would never have be­lieved in a mil­lion years I would win this kind of money.

“When I found out last week that I was win­ning at least £4,000, I packed in my job. I’m not far off re­tire­ment and with my sav­ings I knew that I could stop work­ing for good.

“Now I’ve won £184,059 I will be able to have a re­ally nice re­tire­ment, and give my chil­dren a nice life too. This is go­ing to make the rest of my life.”

An­other big win­ner was 21-year-old Jesica McBride, who also pock­eted £184,059 – and she has big dreams to ful­fil.

The Fran Walsh House carer, who is ex­pect­ing her first child in Septem­ber, said: “I want to start a proper fam­ily. I live with my part­ner, Kieran, at his par­ents’ home - now we can think about buy­ing our own house and make it our first fam­ily home.

“I’ve been dream­ing of dec­o­rat­ing a nurs­ery for our baby and this win will now make that pos­si­ble.

“I’ve also been dream­ing of a cer­tain pram but couldn’t quite jus­tify it – and now I can!”

Not con­tent with her new ad­dress, Jesica also has plans to move con­ti­nents, say­ing: “We’ve spo­ken for a while about mov­ing to Aus­tralia. With my work as a carer, and Kieran’s role as an elec­tri­cian, we have skills that make the move a pos­si­bil­ity.

“This win now al­lows us to se­ri­ously con­sider mak­ing the move.”

There were 77 other winners in the CV1 5 post­code who took home the re­main­der of the £3mil­lion prize pot with cheques rang­ing from £7,000 to £75,000. With a min­i­mum of 27.5 per cent go­ing to good causes across the UK and abroad, play­ers of the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery have so far raised over £118.8m for char­i­ties.

Good causes in Coven­try that have ben­e­fited in­clude The Boxing Clever Acad­emy. Ear­lier this year they re­ceived £1,450 for the Boxing Clever Project which aims to give young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their fit­ness, self­es­teem and con­fi­dence.

Don­ald Ten­nant with Judy McCourt

Don­ald Ten­nant and Jesica McBride with the other winners from Coven­try and (above, right) Jesica and Judy McCourt

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