Beach cleaner becomes Lottery millionaire
PUBLISHED: 09:32 13 August 2012
A 27-YEAR-OLD from Weston has gone back to cleaning the town’s beach after scooping £1million in the Euro Millions lottery.
"I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth and my parents weren’t very well off, so I just want to save the money for when I might need it.
It took former Wyvern School pupil Aaron Critchley two days to realise his numbers had come up trumps after buying his winning ticket at Tesco Express on the Oldmixon estate.
The Fountains employee, who works five days a week driving a tractor up and down Weston beach to keep it clean, says he has already returned to his day job.
Aaron, who drives a Vauxhall Vectra and says he is ‘just a normal guy’, says his only plans are to buy the rented house he and his partner currently live in at an undisclosed address in Weston and to buy a new Audi.
He says he has no plans for a holiday abroad and wants to save most of the money ‘for a rainy day’.
In an exclusive interview with the Mercury Aaron said this week: “People can’t understand how I could stay so calm, but it’s not a lot of money these days.
“If it was 10 or 20 years ago, you would be set up for life, but it’s not like that now.
“It was an immediate decision for me to go back to work, I just want to keep everything normal.
“People say it couldn’t have happened to a better person.
“I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth and my parents weren’t very well off, so I just want to save the money for when I might need it.”
Aaron realised his numbers had come up when he checked them via an app on his phone on August 26, having bought the ticket two days before for a draw the same day.
He added: “I was on my own when I realised the numbers had come up, but I managed to stay calm. I haven’t even been doing the Euro Millions for long.”
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