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Fifteen years of good fortune for Lottery winner

Rugby fan Simon will receive £250,000 every year for the next 15 years. Photo: National Lottery

A Warrington man is celebrating 15 years of good fortune today after scooping the top prize on a National Lottery Scratchcard.

Simon Rustage, 47, will receive £250,000 every year for the next 15 years – but says despite this he still plans to continue working as a stock handler.

He has, however, already started to draw up his shopping list and says a new car and a season ticket for Warrington Wolves – his favourite Rugby League team - are top priorities.

Simon bought his winning £10 Mega Rich scratchcard from the Bridge Lane Store in Appleton, Warrington, on his way home from visiting his father at the weekend.

“I just bought it and then didn’t really think – I scratched it immediately in the store.

“I actually couldn’t believe what I was seeing and I had to pass it to the shop assistant who confirmed I had won £250,000. I was absolutely delighted – things like this just don’t happen to people like me.”

– Simon Rustage, Lottery winner.
Warrington Wolves fan Simon was presented with his prize by star Gareth O'Brien. Credit: PA

It was a day later when Simon called Camelot that he discovered he hadn’t just won £250,000 – he had in fact won £250,000 every year for the next 15 years.

“It is absolutely unbelievable. This is just the best prize ever. It is like having a job with a £250,000 salary but not actually going into work.

“I am going to take my time over what I do and how I spend the money. I certainly have no plans to give up work at the present time.

“It is such a lovely way to receive the money – it provides me with security and reassurance.”

– Simon Rustage, Lottery winner.
Simon celebrates his win. Credit: PA

This is the second piece of National Lottery luck to strike at Simon’s workplace, Norbert Dentressangle, in Warrington, this year.

In January a syndicate of workers and former workers scooped a £1.7m Lotto Jackpot.