Players who win the lottery are often staggered by the changes it brings. They typically have ordinary jobs and are dealing with the same type of budget problems as anyone else. But winning can change their life and that’s exactly what happened for James Evans and JoJo Smith.
James, a self-employed gardener won £3 million on a National Lottery scratchcard last summer. James actually claims he was inspired to purchase the scratchcard after hearing about the good fortune of another winner. James was helping a friend move and was talking about the struggles of owning a business as well as cash flow. It was at this point, they were speaking to a local boy who had already won on a scratchcard.
After joking that a win like that would solve his business cash flow issues, the self-employed gardener decided if there was a seller outside the local shop, he would purchase a couple of scratchcards.
James was shocked to find that there was a seller and took it as a sign he should purchase the scratchcards and a drink. After purchasing two scratchcards one failed while he matched the number 17 on a £250M Cash Spectacular scratchcard.
When the winning amount was revealed, he didn’t see the number at first. He was shocked after reading 3 million and was convinced he had made a mistake. James had made a mistake like this before and wanted to make sure that his mind wasn’t playing tricks on him. After reading it again, he was convinced it wasn’t a trick and he really had won £3 million.
When he found out he’d won, he immediately called up his girlfriend Jojo. At first, she didn’t believe him and told him to quit joking around. Immediately, his partner of four years went back to work as a full-time baker.
James then contacted Camelot on the Friday of the win to make sure it was real. He then arranged to speak to a Winner’s advisor the following Monday.
James found it difficult to keep his mind busy while he was waiting for the important call. He tried various activities to keep himself busy and even mowed his neighbour's lawn. He was doing everything he could to avoid thinking about the scratchcard that had the potential to make him a multimillionaire.
Worryingly, before the win was confirmed his girlfriend’s car stopped working and they desperately needed a replacement. Yet, within under a week, the win was confirmed and the money was in the bank.
James has big plans for his winnings, including moving to the coast of Cornwall along with his business. As well as upgrading the equipment for his company, he’s purchased two brand new vehicles for him and his girlfriend and is booking a range of holidays. He’s also planning on treating his Mum to a brand new bungalow but is mainly thankful that his money troubles are now over.
James was staggered by the win and described it as a truly magical experience that will completely change his life.
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