Cheshire Grandad Hits Lotto Jackpot

Grandad Kevin Jones, 57, discovered he had won the £6,162,138 jackpot in the draw on 18th May while doing his early shift at work.

Grandad Kevin Jones, 57, discovered he had won the £6,162,138 jackpot in the draw on 18th May while doing his early shift at work.

The win comes just years after he and his family lost everything after suffering a double burglary.

Kevin said: "This all just doesn't seem real. I cannot believe we have had this luck and won this incredible amount of money.

"Several years ago we had nothing. We were living in Spain and suffered two break ins over one weekend and lost everything. Michele was so frightened we just drove back to England straight away and had to start
all over again."

And Kevin said he was working 12-hour shifts just to make ends meet.

He added: "It is just amazing that this has happened - to think we had nothing and were working around the clock and now we have this - we really can now start to live the life of our dreams - something we never
believed would happen to us."

And Kevin, who is planning to hand in his notice at work, described the moment he checked his numbers.

He added: "It was the Thursday, the day after the draw, when Michele said to me you had better check your lottery ticket.

"I went online and put my numbers into the online checker.

"I just thought I would be throwing my ticket in the bin with no matching numbers.

"I saw I had number one and I thought that's a good start, then I saw I had number three and I thought great I have a lucky dip.

"Then I realised I had matched three numbers and I thought amazing I have won £25. I was absolutely delighted.

"Then my numbers continued to match and I matched all six - I just thought no, this isn't right I have put the wrong numbers in or maybe I am looking at the wrong week.

"I just screamed out to Michele .... I think I have won the lottery! She said great - is it £25? And I said no, I have won the jackpot!"

Kevin said he still couldn't believe it was true.

He continued: "All I could think about at that moment was to try to stay level-headed as nothing had been officially confirmed.

"There was no way I couldn't go into work the following day - I know how much people rely on me for their morning commute. I went to bed then got up the following morning and went into work as planned, asking Michele
to call Camelot to see if what I thought had happened really was reality."

Kevin, whose route covers Crewe to Newcastle Under Lyne, said he had just finished the first leg of his journey when his phone rang.

He continued: "I had just arrived in Newcastle when my phone rang and it was my wife telling me we really had won the lottery. It was just so much to take in.

"I tried to remain calm - I knew I had to drive the bus back to Crewe and look after all of my passengers."

Kevin, who works for D & G Bus Company, said he immediately called his boss to say he really needed to finish his shift as "something major had happened which may affect his concentration."

Kevin added: "My boss was naturally very concerned and said I really had to tell him incase this could affect my passengers - I just said to him - Don't worry it isn't bad news, it is the most incredible news ever
- I have won the Lotto Jackpot!"

Kevin said these moments and the moments which followed are something which will remain with him for the rest of his life: "One of my passengers had overheard me and just ran down the bus and said to me .... Congratulations this is amazing - I have never been driven by a millionaire before!"

Kevin said looking after Michele, his two children, Andrew, 30 and 32 year old, Lorraine, will be a top priority, together with his five year old grandson, Joshua.

Buying a dream home for Michele and himself is also high on the shopping list.

Kevin said: "We have actually seen our dream home already - something we never believed we would be able to afford.

"Living life to the full really does start now!"