Man who lost his job during Covid pandemic wins $180k on scratchie

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A bartender who was let go from his job during the coronavirus pandemic has had a change of luck.

Jonny Wright from the UK was in need of some fresh air, so he walked to his local shops, bought a drink and some gum and used the change to purchase a National Lottery scratchcard, Metro reported.

He admitted he is not usually one to try his luck with the lottery, but he had an urge to buy a scratch card that day.

However, when he was walking home, he scratched his ticket and discovered he had won £100,000 (or A$180,228). He called his wife Heather straight away.

Jonny Wright won $180,000 on a National Lottery Scratchcard. Source: PA via AAP
Jonny Wright won $180,000 on a National Lottery Scratchcard. Source: PA via AAP

"My legs went to jelly," he said, the UK's National Lottery reported.

"Even though it’s just a 15 minute walk home from the shop, I couldn’t wait to tell Heather so I phoned her and she obviously didn’t believe my story.”

Once he got home, and had his mother double check he had won, he celebrated the win with Heather and a bottle of Prosecco.

Mr Wright lost his job at the White Hart pub in Quorn, Leicestershire, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lottery money will help kids get through school

He says he will use the money to look after his kids and, according to The Sun, he is eager to get back to work.

"We had to borrow laptops from our children’s school during the home-schooling period because we couldn’t afford a new one each," he said.

"To know now we can look after our kids and all their needs just feels great. This year is going to be a better year."

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Heather, who is currently studying to be a nurse admitted the past year has been difficult.

While the couple also plans on helping out their loved ones, they will also put some money away.

Earlier this week, a woman from South Australia won $1.4 million playing Keno while having lunch with her husband.

“People always talk about what they would do when they win big amounts of money, but when it really happens, it’s hard to make any decisions," she said.

“We don’t want to do anything rash, so we’ll just take a few months to think about it."

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