Kitchen manager wins £4 M Million on a Scratchcard and goes back to work
A man from Trowbridge has scratched his way to a fortune in his break from work, won £4 M Million and still went back to finish his shift. Kitchen manager Amadou Gillen won the top prize on the £4 Million Black and Gold Scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore.
It was early evening and on a break from working as a kitchen manager at Wetherspoons, Amadou nipped out to buy 2 scratchcards. The first revealed a lovely £20 win and second one made him a millionaire.
He said, “I knew straight away I had won £4million! I went back to work to finish my shift but I didn’t say anything to anyone – I was screaming and dancing inside. It was late when I finished my shift so I made a phone call back home. I was so excited but didn’t tell them anything about the win – I just said I had got lucky and would let know how lucky in time!”
Originally from The Gambia, Amadou has lived in Wiltshire for over 20 years and bought his winning scratchcard in Trowbridge. The first thing he wants to do is ditch his ‘L’ plates. He has never taken his test and plans to splash the cash on an intensive driving course and a new car. He also plans to buy his own home and share his new found wealth with his close family, hopefully paying for his daughter to go to university, and take a dream trip to Jamaica
Still in shock Amadou admits that now it has been confirmed he is a winner and he has seen the bank, it all feels very real. He said, “The win is a life-changer for me. I can now tick all the boxes of everything I’ve ever wanted to do ‐ learn to drive and get a car, own a house, go on holiday and help pay for my daughter’s university education in the UK. Once I’ve looked at how I’m going to invest the money, I will decide what else I want to do, but I have decided not to go back to work.”
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Amadou Gillen, a kitchen manager from Trowbrigde wins £4M on a Scratchcard and goes back to work.
Harlem’s $300M Lottery Winner Is Retired Government Worker
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Bailey has been playing the same six lottery numbers for 25 years and plans to keep on doing it — even though his digits finally hit for a $343.8 million Powerball win, the largest in New York Lottery history.
Bailey, 67, was introduced by lottery officials Wednesday as the record-breaking winner at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.
The total prize in the Oct. 27 drawing was nearly $700 million, but he will split the jackpot with a woman in Iowa who also picked the winning numbers, 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, with a Powerball of 4.
Bailey bought his winning ticket at a deli in Harlem. He usually buys tickets at a few different stores, but on this particular day, it was raining and he was visiting a friend, so he ducked into the deli and grabbed a Powerball ticket.
After checking the winning numbers that night online, he was shocked.
“I said to myself, ‘These look like my numbers.’ I tried to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR. I didn’t sleep the rest of the night,” Bailey said.
Bailey, a retired federal government employee, said he got the lucky numbers from a family member years earlier. The most he had ever won using them previously was $30,000 from a lucky Take Five lottery ticket.
“I will continue playing my numbers until this train runs out,” Bailey said. “I’m going to ride this out; I can’t stop now.”
Bailey didn’t come forward to claim his prize until after he met with a lawyer and financial adviser. He took a lump sum payment worth $198 million, less after taxes.
New York requires lottery winners to identify themselves and participate in a news conference. Bailey, who wore dark sunglasses for the announcement, said he wished he could have kept his win quiet.
“It’s a good life changer,” said Bailey, who declined to describe the nature of his government work before retiring. “I plan to do the right thing with the money.”
He wants to buy some land and a house for his mother and set up some good investments to take care of the next generation of his family. He’d also like to travel, hitting Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean.
Ultimately, though, he’d like to give back.
“I plan to give back to Manhattan; that’s where I’m from,” Bailey said. “I still want to be me. I can’t let money change me. I’m going to keep doing the right thing.”
This is the second consecutive Powerball jackpot won in New York this year. The most recent win came in September when a Staten Island man won the $245.6 million jackpot.
The chance of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292.2 million.
Robert Bailey has been playing the same six lottery numbers for 25 years and plans to keep on doing it — even though his digits finally hit for a $343.8 million Powerball win, the largest in New York Lottery history.