A fisherman from the Isle of Man is celebrating start of the New Year in style after scooping the top prize of £250,000 on the £250k Navy Scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore.
Aaron Dickinson, 25, from Douglas, said 2017 will be his best year ever following the win.
He said: “This will be the year when all of my dreams finally come true following my scratchcard win.
“I will be able to put a deposit down on my own home – something I never believed I would be able to do – and launch my own fishing business.”
Aaron currently works as a fisherman and sells the scallops he catches to fish markets in Peel.
But he now has his sights set on buying a boat of his own and opening his own business.
He added: “The win couldn’t have come at a better time. What a way to start the New Year.
“It is like all of my dreams have come true overnight. I can buy the boat of my dreams and start my own business.”
And Aaron says he will be enjoying some of his winnings seeing new places too: “I obviously want to be sensible and think about the future but I am going to enjoy myself too and may just splash out on a holiday or perhaps go travelling for a few weeks and see a few different places – something which would never have been possible without this win.”
Aaron, who bought the £2 Scratchcard from the Spar in Douglas, said he was feeling lucky before he purchased it.
He added: “I bought the £250k Navy Scratchcard with the last £2 I had left in change in my pocket and won £2. So I thought I would buy one more – I was feeling really lucky.
“I went for a walk and just scratched the card as I was walking. I thought initially I had won another £2. And then I saw a 5 and a 0. I screamed, I thought amazing I have won £250. Things like this don’t happen to people like me. And then I saw all of the zeros and realised it was actually £250k!
“I honestly don’t think I have ever screamed so loudly in all of my life. I was literally screaming all of the way back to the shop – and running as fast as I could at the same time. When the shop confirmed it was a winning ticket I didn’t know whether to scream even louder or just burst into tears.”
The £250k Navy Scratchcard costs £2 and offers a 1 in 4.15 overall chance of winning a prize.
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