A dad from Bangor is celebrating today after scooping the top prize on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Lynval Allen from Bethesda is now planning on buying his own home – something he never believed would be possible before the win.
Lynval, who has two sons and has been living in rented accommodation since he moved to Bethesda 10 years ago, said that without the £250,000 owning a house would never have become a reality.
Lynval, who works in Tesco, Bangor, said, “I only buy Scratchcards occasionally when the mood takes me. I bought one just before Christmas and won £100. I have bought a couple since and then I bought this latest one."
A mystery would-be millionaire missed out on a lottery jackpot in one of Wales most hard-up areas today. The ticket holder stood to pocket £1m after their numbers came-up in one of the country's deprivation blackspots.
But the winner from Blaenau Gwent failed to come forward for six months after hitting the jackpot. And now they've lost the lot with their "life-changing" prize going back into the National Lottery pot.
A Camelot spokesman said: "Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize. Sadly they have now missed out on this substantial amount of money."
The unclaimed ticket sparked a "whowonnit" mystery in the former steelworks andmining area. The ticket holder won big on New Year's Day matching up the code on theMillionaire's raffle.
Had the winner come forward they would be one of the richest people in the area as the average gross weekly earnings is around £342 - below the Welsh average of £415.50.