An unemployed man from Canvey Island, England, who tagged along with his mother when she went out to buy some milk couldn’t believe his luck when their shopping trip bagged him a £100,000 scratchcard win.
Sonny Williamson, 29, who lives with his parents and girlfriend, bought his £1 UK National Lottery "Rainbow 2014 Scratchcard" because he needed change to pay his mother back for some late-night snacks, but never dreamed the visit to their local Texaco Garage would result in his bank account filling up with cash.
"I started to scratch the numbers off in the car and when I had two £100,000 signs in a row I initially mistook it for £100, which would have been nice in itself," Sonny said. "When I scratched off the third, I couldn’t believe it. I think I went into shock."
He asked his mother to double check the ticket for him and she confirmed it was a winner. Then when he arrived home Sonny woke up his girlfriend and asked her to check it as well. She also confirmed it was a winner, but he still found it hard to get his head around the fact that he'd won such a large prize.
"It wasn’t really until I spoke to the National Lottery that I began to believe it," Sonny said and admitted that, after months of job-hunting; he got quite emotional once the funds had cleared.
“I actually started to shake when I saw my bank balance on the cash machine. It really was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow," he said.