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A very lucky man from Wales has scooped £100K on a National Lottery scratch card, but very nearly missed out on his prize.
Alan Nairn from Cardiff is celebrating by planning life after lockdown with his newfound fortune.
The 79-year-old is overjoyed about the win and will be putting his £100,000 prize to good use by getting his motorbike back on the road for some trips to the Brecon Beacons and donating a chunk of his winnings to charity
However, things could've easily taken a different turn as Alan very nearly threw the scratch card in the bin.
Assuming he'd won nothing after misreading the numbers, he luckily re-read the card and realised he'd actually won the jackpot.
Mr Nairn said: "I was looking for small prizes when I scratched the card and when I didn’t see those, I started to throw the card away.
"Then I realised that there was an awful lot of zeros and took another look.
"I couldn’t believe my eyes and kept the card for over a week before taking it to get it checked. I kept forgetting where I put it and was constantly rifling through old books to check it was safe."
A former motorbike racer, Alan has had his classic motorcycle, a Honda VF-1000R, for 37 years but in recent years, the cost of insurance has meant that his spare time has been spent maintaining the bike rather than riding it.
Now, however, Alan’s hope is that after spending the last 10 months carefully following Covid-19 regulations, he will be able to get his bike back on the road in the summer, and restrictions permitting, be able to revisit some of his favourite places.
Alan said, "I have looked after my bike for 37 years but recently, I had all but given up hope that I’d be able to ride it again.
"Now though, after spending months only going to Tesco and to the Post Office, I’m looking forward to safer, warmer days and taking my bike to the Brecon Beacons and my beloved Tenby."
He also has plans to treat himself to a new, working model locomotive. He has spent much of his time during lockdown working on large scale models and is keen for a new challenge.
Alan said: "This win means that after a tough year, I have lots of things to look forward to. I have lots of exciting plans for the money and I hope that I will be able to make some donations to causes I feel passionate about.
"I’d like to support the NHS somehow, put some money towards animal welfare charities and make a donation to a veterans charity which helped my parents after the war."
Alan won £100,000 on the £100,000 Multiplier Scratchcard. The £100,000 Multiplier Scratchcard offers a 1 in 4.28 overall chance of winning a prize. The card costs £1 and prizes range from £1 to £100,000.
In the current situation, The National Lottery is encouraging everyone to check their tickets online at national-lottery.co.uk or by downloading the National Lottery app and to only buy or check their tickets in retail in line with government guidance.
Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize.
You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you're a winner.
- National Lottery
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