Former Dagenham Ford worker and Leyton Orient fan wins £9m on the lottery
PUBLISHED: 14:58 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 28 March 2018
A former worker at Dagenham Ford and avid Leyton Orient fan has scooped £9.3 million on the lottery.
Paul Long, 55, put his luck down to his beloved team’s 3-0 victory over Woking on Saturday, which he celebrated by buying the winning lucky dip ticket.
The unemployed father-of-three had initially thought he had won £9,000 before his friend pointed out to him that he had scooped the jackpot.
He received an email on Sunday morning from Camelot saying he had won but when he logged in, saw his account only had £3.90 left.
After ringing the customer helpline, he said he “must have been in denial” and came away believing he had won £9,000.
Paul said: “I’ve rung my mate and told him, and he said text me the ticket over.
“He then said ‘Hi mate, I’m not being funny, you’ve won £9 million’.
“I said ‘Shut up’.”
After ringing the Lotto helpline back to confirm he was the sole jackpot winner, and asking them ‘Is this a scam?”, Paul told his close family as his good fortune sank in.
He said: “I think I opened a bottle of Coors Light and then thought, you know what, I need a cup of tea.”
The following day, Paul, who worked at the Ford plant for more than 14 years, put a deposit on a new Ford EcoSport sports utility vehicle.
He said: “I’m just a normal guy - I don’t want a Lamborghini.”
Having been unable to work for 11 months after injuring his Achilles’ tendon while pulling a suitcase up the stairs, Paul’s job hunt is now permanently on hold.
He said he plans to use the money to give his 27-year-old daughter and two sons, aged 24 and 21, a secure future.
But he said: “I’m not going to make them millionaires. I think they should learn the value of things.
“This is going to be one hell of an exciting adventure.”
Paul who lives in Wickford, Essex, said he has no plans to invest in the football club he has supported since he was 11, although he may fork out for a season ticket in the seat where he sat for Saturday’s win.
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