Grandad scoops mega Lotto win
Published: April 26, 2007 | 6103rd good news item since 2003
Grandad Quentin Waite celebrated quite modestly after winning £263,783 on the National Lottery by buying a new pair of work boots – and a £19,000 Ford Focus car.
The 52-year-old from All Cannings scooped the cash after matching five balls and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on March 31.
He plans to carry on working full time as a shot blaster with nephew Martin Wild at MDN Shot Blasting Service and Powder Coating Company on A361 Beckhampton Road near Devizes, although he has vowed to blow some money opn buyinh his own home.
“I wouldn’t be happy to be staying home, I would get bored,” he said, of his decision not to take a career sabatical. “I’m still shaking, I still can’t believe I’ve won this amount of money.”
Money has always been tight for Mr Waite, who is divorced. When he and his ex-wife parted he brought up their three children alone and relied on benefits. He now has five grandchildren.
After buying what would become his extremely lucky ticket, he kept it on the front seat of his car all through the weekend of the draw and only found out he’d won when he took it into Tesco in Devizes on the Monday morning.
Having been given the good news he went straight to work, where Mr Wild checked it for him again after waiting an agonising 45 minutes until Camelot telephone lines were open.