What a days work it was for 41 year old Gareth Bradley
Whilst working from home, Gareth decided to hop on to the National Lottery App for a quick play on the online Instant Win Game, Mega Cashword. As he revealed the final letter on the game, to his shock & delight, he had only gone and bagged himself half a million pounds.
Gareth was over run with emotions and had no idea what to do with himself! So, he rang his partner of eight years, Connor Dennis to share the news.
Connor, 28, said, “Gareth sounded really shaky as he fought back the tears, saying to me ‘you won’t believe what’s happened’. Given the times we are living through I assumed the worst and that something dreadful had happened.
"I ran out of the open plan office thinking I needed to find somewhere private to commiserate with him, only to discover I needed somewhere private to let out some whoops of delight, but only after he’d sent me a video of the winning message to prove he wasn’t winding me up!”
Gareth comes from a big and loving family but, with his reputation for staging wind-ups, his three sisters and brother all asked for video evidence of his win when he rang to share the news.
He said: “All my siblings thought it was a joke but now they know it’s real, they are over the moon for us, news of this win has given so many people a boost. We are a really close-knit family who love a laugh and a joke, but we’ve had our tough times too. We lost my mum and dad five years ago, mum in the May and dad in June, so of course we are sad they are not here to be part of this moment.”
In September, Gareth, who has twice been a proud ‘donor dad’ for very close friends, celebrated the birth of his second son.
Gareth and Connor just purchased their first home together whilst Gareth also landed himself a new job.
Connor said,“We can’t get our heads around how lucky we have been, we’ve only had to pay the mortgage for three months and now have the funds to never have to pay it again.''
“We know we’ve been lucky and while we do have a few frivolous plans – a Rolex for me and a Range Rover to replace Gareth’s Kia – we are not going to waste this luck. We have lots of plans to really make the money work hard so that it’s there for our families in the longer term.”
The Mega Cashword Instant Win Game was available to play at national-lottery.co.uk and offered a 1 in 2.5 overall chance of winning a prize. The game costs £5 and prizes ranged from £5 up to the top prize of £500,000.
Well done to Gareth and Connor, it seems like two very deserving people will make the most of this amazing win.