A lucky trucker landed a £350,000 win on the lottery as he delivered essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Key worker Marcin Jedrzejewski, 40, was parked at the Watford Gap services when he found out about his life-changing win, which came from a £1 Lucky Dip ticket.
Having matched five winning numbers, Jedrzejewski called his mum in Poland to tell her the good news, then continued his shift and drove 247 miles to deliver food and drink supplies to businesses in the south-east.
Jedrzejewski, who lives in Rugby, Warwickshire, plans to use the money to buy a house, and then throw a belated 40th birthday party once coronavirus restrictions are eased.
The win makes Marcin a millionaire in his homeland – the amount is equivalent to 1.7m Polish Złoty.
Jedrzejewski said: “I usually buy a Lotto ticket for every draw. I checked the balance on my account and I had £1.40 left. I felt lucky and thought, ‘What can I buy for a pound?’ I played a Lucky Dip and left it at that.”
During the early hours of the following day, Sunday 7 June, he pulled into the motorway services to call his mother.
He said: “I work night shifts and always call my mother during a break. I had received a message via The National Lottery App and decided to check my ticket.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw.
"I FaceTimed my mother in Poland. I told her I thought I had won but I wasn’t sure how much. She kept asking ‘how many zeroes, how many zeroes?’
"I checked out what was the top prize, but I kept thinking it couldn’t be true, it must be a joke.”
Jedrzejewski finished his Sunday night shift before calling to claim his prize, having driven 950 miles over that weekend.
He added: “It had been a long weekend of driving, exactly 1,522km, delivering food and drinks across the UK.
"I couldn’t believe it. I have won £60 a few times before but never dreamed of winning this much.
"After years of renting, I am going to buy a house in my new hometown of Rugby.”
Jedrzejewski, who is divorced, moved to the UK in 2005 and worked as a bus driver in London until he retrained as a lorry driver, relocating to Rugby in 2013.
He said: “After years of renting, I can now buy a place I can call home and with no mortgage – this is what people dream of.
Jedrzejewski, who has worked throughout the lockdown, said: “I will keep delivering across the UK during COVID-19 and beyond.”
He added: “When the lockdown lifts and borders open, I will have an extra-special party to celebrate my birthday and the win.
"At the moment, I will just keep working and delivering.”
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