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Lottery Millionaire: I Thought I’d Won Pint of Milk

Last Updated: Friday 16th June 2017, 11:00

A lucky pensioner who scooped £1 million on a National Lottery scratchcard has revealed that he thought he had won a pint of milk when he uncovered a code saying ‘1MIL’. Bill Bett, a retired teacher from Fife, needed clarification from store workers before the life-changing win sunk in, and he now has some big plans for the seven-figure sum.

Bill bought a £5 Monopoly Millionaire scratchcard from his local Co-op at the start of the month and sat on a wall outside to see if he had won. As he saw what was written underneath, he could not quite comprehend what had happened. He said: “I always used to say no-one wins £1 million on a scratchcard. When I saw the amount it didn’t really click at first. On the card it reads 1MIL and I thought what does this mean – I’ve won a pint of milk?”

The 69-year-old says he ‘remained quite calm’ when it was confirmed that he had just become a millionaire, although his sisters did not believe him when he phoned with the news as they thought he was ‘winding them up’. Bill has already bought a bungalow so that he no longer has to struggle with stairs, and says the new place will allow him to enjoy an old hobby again.

“It will make a huge difference having everything on one level. I will have a conservatory and a garage for storage which means I will have space to take up painting again. I used to teach art to children with learning difficulties but I haven't painted for years,” said Bill, who is considering a trip to Brussels or France and a new caravan on the coast as well as helping out his three sisters.

You can find out more about National Lottery scratchcard prizes if you fancy trying to follow in Bill’s footsteps, or you can look forward to either of this weekend’s massive jackpot draw games. The top prize in Lotto is up to £17.4 million ahead of Saturday night, while the EuroMillions jackpot is worth £44 million.

You can pick numbers online for either Lotto or EuroMillions, or pop along to any authorised National Lottery retailer. Good luck!

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