The latest scratchcard jackpot winner to go public has just been announced; a 23 year old from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The third winner from Northern Ireland since the UK went into lockdown!
The lucky winner is Corey Skeffington, a machine operator by day, but also a defender for his local football team, won big when he scooped the top prize on the £250,000 gold scratchcard.
In a quote he provided to the Belfast Telegraph, he said:
“You dream of winning this sort of money but you never really think it’ll happen to you,
“I’m living proof that it can happen to anyone at any time.
“I would buy scratchcards occasionally, but the most I’d ever won was forty or fifty quid…until now,
“I was going round to a friend’s house for a chat, a beer and some food with a couple of mates and bought a scratchcard in the Mace store near his house” said Corey.
“We were sitting in the house while I casually scratched the card. I had to find a diamond to win and, for some reason, I thought the card wasn’t a winner at first. But then I saw the diamond.
“I genuinely couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I didn’t say a word. I just sat there staring at the scratchcard and I went as white as a sheet – so much so that my friends were asking what was wrong. Without speaking, I showed them the card so they could see for themselves.
“Nobody could believe it. A couple of the guys actually thought it was a prank with a fake card – but one guy knew that I’d bought it and confirmed that it was legit.”
He further added,
“So, after some socially-distanced cheering and jumping about, I called my aunt Edel to break the news and my mum who lives in Scotland. I must admit that emotion got the better of me and I cried my eyes out as I told them what had happened. They couldn’t believe it either.
“Then I went home after about an hour, called the number on the back of the scratchcard and confirmed everything with a lovely lady on the end of the phone at the National Lottery Line.”
“I was so restless and I sat on the edge of the bed most of the night until I finally fell asleep. I woke up a couple of hours later wondering if it was all a dream and then checked where I had hidden the card and was delighted to see that it was still there. It was like this for the next few days and I’m still trying to process it all.”
“I want to spend it wisely, so I’ll probably buy a new car and invest in some property. There are a couple of houses on the market that I have my eye on.
“I’d also like to go on holiday when it’s safe to do so and, as a big Manchester United fan, a trip or two to Old Trafford will hopefully be on the cards when sporting events are open to the public again.
“The new PlayStation 5 will be out soon so I’ll buy one of those as well and a few games to keep me going,” continued Corey.
“In the meantime, I’ll not do anything too hasty and make sure to sort my family out with a little something. I still can’t believe that I’ve won but it’s a brilliant feeling and I’m very thankful.”
Is it time to start buying scratchcards from Northern Ireland?!