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Darlington darts fan hits the bullseye with £500,000 lottery win
AFTER a miserable day losing at the races, a North-East man came home to find his luck had changed with a lottery win of more than £500,000.
Andrew Gowling, 47, had been commiserating with family after a frustrating trip to Redcar Races when he realised his numbers had come up and he had scooped over half a million in last Saturday’s Thunderball draw.
He said: “I had to check it five or six times, I thought my eyes were playing tricks. I got my son to double check it and after he told me I’d won we started jumping about the room.”
Mr Gowling, who had worked nightshifts as a warehouse operative for more than 18 years, put his notice in at work almost immediately.
The sports fan, from Darlington, will swap stacking shelves for sunshine when he jets off to the World Cup in Brazil with his 18-year-old son, Curtis.
He said: “I couldn’t afford a proper holiday this year and was just going to take him to Blackpool. I’ve always wanted to go to the World Cup so I’m going to try not to spend all my money before then.
“I always said to my son that I’d love to see England play in the World Cup before I die but that my only chance would be by winning the lottery.
“It will be like a dream come true.”
Mr Gowling - who won a total of £500,010 from two lines - said the money will be life-changing.
He said: “When you are single, it is hard to run a car or pay a mortgage yourself. When you are living alone, it is all down to you and it’s been like that for 14 years for me.
“I will not miss the nightshifts, the long hours and the cold temperatures at work.
“When the money goes into my bank account the first thing I’m going to do is go out and have a drink. Then I’m going to pay my mortgage off.”
Mr Gowling bought his winning lucky dip ticket from Sainsbury’s on Victoria Road in Darlington.
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