Furloughed bartender says £100k Lottery win 'couldn't have come at a better time'

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A furloughed bar worker said his legs "went jelly" when he realised his £2 scratchcard had won him and his student nurse wife £100,000 on the National Lottery.

Jonathan Wright, 40, had popped to the local corner shop to get some fresh air during lockdown and felt a "random urge" to buy the lucky ticket.

So he used his remaining £2 spare change to purchase a Win All Scratchcard.

When he realised he had scooped the top prize, he couldn't wait to get home to tell his wife Heather, 40, and called her on the way.

"No you haven't, go away", she replied.

Dad-of-two Jonathan then ran "like a schoolboy" to get home to his wife.

The couple now plan to celebrate with a holiday abroad once restrictions allow and will buy new carpets for their house in Quorn, Leics.

They said the win could not have come at a better time after enduring a challenging year due to the pandemic.

Jonathan, known as Jonny, is currently furloughed from his job at at the White Hart pub in Quorn while Heather is in her final year of nursing studies.

Recalling his winning moment, Jonny said: “I needed some fresh air so went for a walk to the local shop to get some chewing gum and a can of something fizzy.

"I had £3 in change so just bought a National Lottery Scratchcard to use it all up. I’m not a regular National Lottery player but I just had the urge that day.

"I couldn’t even tell you why I chose the one I did. I started walking home and scratched it. My legs went to jelly.

"Even though it’s just a 15 minute walk home from the shop, I couldn’t wait to tell Heather so I phoned her and she obviously didn’t believe my story.

"My knees aren’t good, having played a lot of football when I was younger, but that didn’t bother me – I just ran home like a schoolboy.”

When Jonny got home he immediately showed Heather the winning scratchcard before calling his parents.

As part of his support bubble, he then went over to their house to get them to double-check it, before calling the National Lottery hotline to claim the life-changing prize.

He added: “I was physically shaking.

"Mum and dad checked it for me, and again, and said it had to be a winner, so I just called The National Lottery there and then.

“I went back home to tell Heather and then popped back to the shop to just have someone else verify the scratchcard again.

"I then bought a few bottles of Prosecco to party with Heather and I then just sang and danced around the house for a few hours after that.”

Jonny briefly went back to his job last summer and autumn but now continues to be off work while pubs and bars remain shut.

He says his wife Heather has also found working and studying on the front line during a pandemic a huge emotional and physical challenge.

Jonny said, “Add in periods of home-schooling - we have an eight-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son - and 2020 hasn’t been kind.

"However, this is a great gift as we hopefully start to come out of lockdown.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to work and our children will be back with their friends at school very soon - things are definitely looking up.

"To win now, after what has happened, just feels great, especially for the kids.”

Jonny and Heather’s two children haven’t been abroad so a foreign holiday is on the cards but the pair will enjoy a ‘staycation’ when Covid restrictions are eased.

Other plans include spending some of the cash on their house, with new carpets being a top priority.