The wife of a £1m scratchcard winner said she thought her husband was “pulling my leg again” when he broke the news.
Taxi driver Alan Phillips, 58, was recently making a pit stop to buy the Sunday papers at the Co-operative Food store on Poplar Road, Wrexham, when he decided to cash in a scratchcard on which he had won £10.
But instead of pocketing his winnings, the grandfather of ten from Wrexham who was “feeling lucky” spent it on two £5 cards, which he asked the cashier to choose for him, and went back to his cab to see whether he had been successful.
To his amazement he realised he had scooped the top prize in the £1 Million Monopoly scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore - then went back in to ask the cashier to check he wasn’t seeing things.
He then called his wife Caroline, who wasn’t 100 per cent convinced at first he was telling the truth. She told the Daily Post: “It wouldn’t be the first time that Alan has joked about winning so I thought he was pulling my leg again.
“Only when he actually showed me the scratchcard did I start to believe him. I’m just overwhelmed – it’s not just Alan and I that will benefit from this win, but our kids and grandkids as well. It will go a long way to changing the lives of our entire family.”
The dad of six, who works for Prestige Taxis in the town, has vowed scooping cash won’t change him - even turning up for work the following day.
“I love my job and I have people that rely on me so I couldn’t let them down,” he said. “I have no intention of handing in my notice just yet so I might get a reputation as the only millionaire taxi driver in the country. It’s something you always dream of but it just goes to show that anyone can win.”
However Caroline, who is a cleaner, has other ideas. She said: “I’m currently working my notice period, something I didn’t think would be possible for a few more years. The win will allow me to cherish memories with my grandkids and watch them grow up.”
The couple decided to celebrate the win with a meal with their six children and ten grandchildren at their local restaurant.
Alan, who celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary this year, is also planning an anniversary treat for his wife. He said: “I want to buy her something extra special. A caravan is something she has always asked for but never been able to afford. Now I can treat her, just like she de-serves.”
Generous Alan also plans to help his children get on the property ladder - and even treat the woman who sold him his winning lottery ticket.
He added: “It’s down to her that I won so it is only right that I treat her as well. I’ll never forget her face when she said ‘you’re now a millionaire’.”