Lucky couple scoop £1m scratch card win
PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 January 2015
ONE couple can't believe their luck after getting a completely new start this year thanks to a £1million win on a lottery scratch card.
Tina and David Chase, from Winscombe, are planning a year to remember, including taking their grandchildren to Disneyland, moving house and settling into an unexpected early retirement, after winning the hefty sum on a scratchcard on Christmas Eve.
Tina bought the £5 Merry Millionaire card on a whim from Tesco in Station Road, Cheddar.
She said: “I wasn’t sure what I’d won. I gave the card to the shop assistant to check and when she did she told me to take a deep breath.”
Tina – whose biggest win on a scratchcard before was just £20 – ran down the road to her sister’s house to confirm the win with Camelot.
The 53-year-old said: “We just couldn’t believe it. It’s still sinking in.”
After convincing her husband David it wasn’t a wind-up, the couple began to try to get hold of their three children, Alec, Craig and Holly.
She said: “We rang them to share the good news but they didn’t answer.
“When they saw we had rang them they initially thought something was wrong.
“We eventually got through to them all and they thought we were having a laugh.”
David’s first move was to quit his job at an electro plating firm in Weston. The 59-year-old said: “I got my son to text my supervisor, because they’re friends, and tell him I’m not coming back. He said he didn’t blame me.”
The couple have lived in Winscombe for the past 28 years and have no plans to leave the village but are hoping to upgrade from their current three-bedroom ex-council house.
Tina said: “We bought it 28 years ago for £22,500, it seems like peanuts now.
“We’re probably going to get a bungalow in Winscombe, it is a lovely place to live.
“It’s been lovely in the village, everybody has just said it couldn’t happen to a nicer couple.”
The win came just at the right time for Tina and Dave, after Tina had been forced into early retirement and the pair were struggling to pay expensive bills.
She said: “I used to work three jobs, but at the start of the year, I had three achilles operations, which meant I had to retire early.
“It was actually going to be a bit of a subdued Christmas for us this year because we had a couple of big vets’ bills in December, when one of our four Jack Russells was taken ill, and things were a bit tight.
“Now though, I plan to make up for it.”
The couple are planning a trip to Disneyland with their two grandchildren, four-month-old Finley and Ava, aged two.
David, who is a huge rugby fan, is also hoping to take his two sons to the next Lions tour in New Zealand.
Tina said: “My foot still isn’t fully recovered but one of the first things I’m going to spend some money on is a personal trainer because I really want to get fit.
“We are also going to treat ourselves to new cars. David has always wanted a Range Rover Sport and I would like a Mini Cooper.”