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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Dreams of luxury holidays, a first house and an expensive new car have become a reality for a Norwich man - after winning over £100,000 from The National Lottery.
Nick Spouncer, a manager of a supermarket petrol station, correctly picked five numbers and the bonus ball on the weekly Lotto draw and has seen his bank account bulge with a fresh £102,843.
The 27-year-old, from Eaton, celebrated his win with a champagne reception at the local Audi headquarters on Meridian Business Park in Thorpe St Andrew yesterday, eyeing up an Audi A3.
Mr Spouncer, who lives with his parents and brother at their family home in Eaton Rise, discovered he had won after checking his numbers on the internet while browsing for a new car.
His 1998 registration BMW 316 was on its last legs so he had been searching for cars worth around £1,000, browsing the Audi website longingly.
But he soon had plenty more money to play with after realising that his regular numbers - a mixture of family birth dates, an ex-girlfriend’s birth date and a random number - had come up trumps.
“Disbelief was the first thing I felt,” Mr Spouncer said. “I was just in complete shock and thought ‘hang on, is this actually happening?’ and went out of my bedroom and wandered through to get my parents (Steve and Jytten) to come and have a look.
“Dad was out on a bike ride so mum came in and then my brother (Casper) had a look and we just couldn’t believe it.”
Mr Spouncer bought his ticket from the petrol station he is manager of, at the Tesco supermarket in Stalham, in north Norfolk.
He intends to continue his career with Tesco but, as a keen musician, he now plans to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras and see the sights in China.
“My career and everything is still going ahead,” he continued. “Travelling is something I definitely want to do, New Orleans is definitely the dream because I’ve played music for years and years. I play drums, guitar, pretty much anything I can get my hands on.
“I’ve always loved music and the opportunity to record some of my own material is going to be almost as great as driving the Audi A3 off the forecourt!
“Friends have said I could use the win to really get into the music world and self-publicise my own album but while that’s tempting, I need to be a bit sensible so I will put a chunk aside for a deposit on a house.”
Mr Spouncer, who moved to Norfolk from Shropshire two years ago, won his money from the Lotto draw on Saturday, September 7 but wasn’t able to claim his winnings immediately as it was a Sunday evening and the National Lottery claim line was closed.
He added: “On Sunday evening I had to go out for a dinner with the other store managers. I don’t know what they would have thought of my behaviour, I was so upbeat I was bouncing off the walls and could barely keep it together.
“The following day I tried to make the claim but hadn’t taken my ticket with me to work so it wasn’t until Tuesday that I could finally make the official claim. It was a long 48 hours!”