A Scottish grandmother has told how she “thought something was wrong with her dog” before her husband revealed he had won £2m in the lottery.
Sandra Black’s partner Ian got lucky with his winning Monopoly Scratchard Deluxe last week, The Mirror reports.
The 55-year-old feared something was wrong with her beloved dog, Meg, when Ian announced he had “something important” to tell her.
But it was all good news for Ian, 61, who ‘let out a whoop’ when he realized he had scooped up the top prize.
Sandra, who hails from Whitfield in Dundee, said roadwork almost prevented Ian from buying the winning card.
“Ian was on his way home from work and hardly ever stopped to read his paper that day,” he told The Courier.
“He bought the scratch card and let out a whoop before driving home to tell me the good news.
“When he got home, he started yelling ‘get down here, it’s important’. I thought something was wrong with our dog, Meg.
“When I posted that I had won on social media, I think some people thought it was a scam, but they were thrilled for us.”
Ian was driving home from a night shift and wondered if the delays caused by roadworks were worth it.
He opted to go with his usual routine and picked up the ticket in the couple’s hometown of Carlisle in Cumbria.
Ian, who has five children and 10 grandchildren with Sandra, has since delivered a successful ad at Pirelli Tyres.
“Something told me to buy it,” he said.
“I walked out of the store, sat down and scratched it, just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“I let out a scream and immediately drove home.”
Ian added: “We’ve won £2 million!” Then Sandra looked at the card and almost fainted. It turned white!
“And to think I almost didn’t get into the store because of the road works. I really came that close to just passing.”
The couple will pay for the operation of their rescue dog Meg, a Labrador/Staff mix.
They will then search for a plot for their ‘dream house’ and help their loved ones.
“I don’t think I’ve even seen that many zeros,” Ian added.
“I kept asking myself, is it really £2m?
“I immediately called work and told them I wouldn’t be there that day… adding, actually, I don’t think I’ll be there this week, or ever again.
“My boss understandably sounded really surprised and said why, what the hell happened?
“That feeling when I was able to say ‘I’ve won the National Lottery’ is a moment I will never forget.
“You always dream about it, but you never think it will happen to you.
“This proves yes.”
Carlisle United fan Ian also loves rugby and will be traveling to Twickenham to watch England.
There will be a new Volvo for Sandra. . . and a 75-inch TV for the big games that Ian loves.
“It’s all so overwhelming that it’s still taking in,” Ian added.
“We can’t wait to make the most of our retirement.”
Ian purchased the winning National Lottery scratch card at Spar Euro Garage in Wigton Road, Carlisle.
The National Lottery’s Monopoly Deluxe scratch card has an overall 1 in 3.38 chance of winning a prize.
The game costs £5 and prizes range from £5 to the £2 million jackpot.
There will be 100 guaranteed winners across Europe in the draw, each of whom will become a millionaire.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.