A Falkirk pensioner cried with joy when he found out he had won £1,000,000 in the National Lottery.
John Wallman was shocked when the notification he received from his lotto app said he had won the jackpot.
The 76-year-old said he couldn’t believe his luck when he found out he had won the big prize in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker special draw on March 25.
John, from Cornwall, said: “I woke up in the wee hours of Saturday morning and turned on my phone.
“A notification came from the National Lottery app, but I didn’t think about it until I sat down to breakfast later in the morning.
“I read the notification and it said I had won £1,000,000 but I didn’t really believe it.
“I called the National Lottery Line and even when I heard those words – ‘congratulations, you’re a winner’ – I just couldn’t figure it out.
“My wife came downstairs and when she saw me in tears on the phone she thought I had been scammed or something bad had happened.
“I have played the National Lottery since its inception and normally buy Lucky Dips through the National Lottery app, but I also had another ticket which I bought on a whim.
“I walked into the store going to tell some family members about my win and won another five bucks.”
The retired construction manager, who now spends his free time entertaining the public and raising money for charity as part of a barbershop choir, is planning a new home and vacation getaway for to celebrate.
He said: “It’s been a roller coaster ride and I get emotional every time I talk about winning so I haven’t really had a chance to think about what I’m going to do with the money.
“Booking a vacation, maybe a cruise, is definitely the first thing to do so we can relax and make plans.
“A new home is also on the cards.
“In fact, that’s how I broke the news to my daughter-in-law.
“I told him that we had decided to move. Oh and by the way I also won the lottery! She didn’t believe me for a long time.
John’s great love is singing and he is part of Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus, a local band that regularly plays his vocal chords to raise money for charity.
“I find singing so liberating and I love performing with Sweet Harmony.
“We play for all kinds of local bands and at events.
“All we ask for is a donation, and then at the end of each year, whatever we’ve collected is split between six designated charities.”
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