Celebrations as dad scoops £737,000 Lottery jackpot

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A dad of two was celebrating after scooping more than £700,000 on the National Lottery.

Alan Symons spotted his numbers on television before heading to work, and immediately decided to retire.

The former factory worker described the win as a “dream”, and is now planning how to spend the £737,287.

Alan, from Freckleton, near Preston, discovered the winning numbers while checking Teletext at 5am.

He said: “Every day I’m always up at that time.

“I checked, checked again and then checked a third time and all of my numbers were there.

“I just could not believe it.

“I thought it’s perfect, I’m 55, so it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Alan, who lives with his partner Amanda, 43, said he hadn’t yet decided how to spend the money, but added: “We feel fantastic. It’s brilliant.”

The pair met at Dudley Industries in Lytham, where Alan worked for 35 years, and Amanda learned sign language to communicate with Alan, who is profoundly deaf.

They live with Amanda’s two children and her mum, and Alan said: “It will be wonderful to finally get our own house rather than having to fit five of us in a three-bedroom house.

“But we are taking our time and everyone is going to be involved in the decision of how to spend the money.

“We are going to take one step at a time - it’s a bit of a dream and we still can’t believe it really.”

Alan won the Lotto Jackpot in the draw last Wednesday, after buying a lucky dip ticket from the Co-op in Freckleton.

He said: “It all still seems unreal. I keep thinking I am going to wake up and find it isn’t true and hasn’t really happened.”




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