Thu, 3 Feb | News
Life-Altering Xmas Gift for Hard-Grafting Chef
A chef turned up to work his Christmas Day shift at a pub despite having won £1m on an online scratchcard.
Latvian-born Didzis Pirags, 36, a single father of a five-year-old son, said that he still needed to finish his shifts over Christmas despite his huge win.
Mr Pirags was taking his lunch break at the Hungry Horse Pub in Preston, Lancashire, on Saturday when he looked at his National Lottery website and decided to spend the remaining £6.50 he had in his Lottery account.
In his flat where he lives above the pub, he played the Merry Millions Instant Win game.
The chef said: "The first thing I scratched off said £1m.
"The nanny was there and I said 'could you look at it, could you look at it please, I can't believe it, is that £1m?'
"I literally ran downstairs and said to my boss 'look, look it's £1 million isn't it, isn't it?'
"She said 'yeah, it is £1m' and I rang the number and they confirmed it."
Mr Pirags currently works 60 hours a week and pays a nanny to look after his child, only being able to spend evenings with his son a couple of times a week. He says the win will allow him to spend more time with his young son.
When he revealed his win on Friday, Mr Pirags said he did not spoil his son at Christmas but bought him headphones as an additional present.
Pirags plans to buy a new car and give away his current car to a friend and has already purchased a four-bedroom house for £280,000.
Mr Pirags, who moved to the UK nine years ago, says he is going to take some time to let the win "soak in" before he spends the rest of the money.
He said: "All I want is to be able to provide the best possible life for my son and this win will enable me to do exactly this."