Sainsbury’s lorry driver, 54, nearly missed out on £1m lottery jackpot because he told officials he had bought his winning ticket in the wrong shop
- Stephen Schiltz, 54, rang the lottery officials in his excitement at hearing news
- Camelot chiefs feared it may have been a scam because he mixed up the shop
- It raised questions if he was the true winner, until he remembered the right shop
Stephen Schiltz, 54, and wife Lesley, 55, won a £1million lottery jackpot
A lorry driver who scooped a £1million lottery jackpot nearly missed out on his winnings because he said he bought the ticket in the wrong shop.
Stephen Schiltz, 54, rang the lottery officials in his excitement at hearing his numbers come up.
But Camelot chiefs feared it may have been a scam because he mixed up the name of the shop where he bought his lucky slip from.
It raised questions over whether he was the true winner, until he remembered the correct shop to claim his money.
He said: ‘My mind was playing tricks on me in the excitement. But I got it right in the end. It all feels like a dream and I just don’t want to wake up.
‘We are sticking with our original Christmas plans because it’s a bit late to change them now.
‘We are both low maintenance. I’ll probably still get socks but this year they might not be Primark.
‘After Christmas is when it might change our plans a bit. We are going to visit relatives in Australia.’
Mr Schiltz rang the lottery officials in his excitement at hearing his numbers come up but said he got his ticket from the wrong shop
Mr Schiltz and wife Lesley, 55, had moved to Wales from London after racking up debts with six children and living costs.
The recently retired Sainsbury’s lorry driver said: ‘It was a day to day struggle and we were living hand to mouth.
‘We were also dealing with knife crime in London so we decided to move away.’
The couple moved to Pontardawe, South Wales, just seven months before their big win.
Mr Schiltz said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I heard the numbers and my friends told me I should check my ticket.
‘So I scanned the code on my phone and it came up. It said I had won £1million.
He said: ‘My mind was playing tricks on me in the excitement. But I got it right in the end. It all feels like a dream and I just don’t want to wake up’
‘I rang Lesley and she thought I was pranking her because I have been known to do that in the past.’
The couple moved to South Wales to be near to Lesley’s brother.
They enjoy a date night every Thursday and still carried on the tradition at the New Lodge pub.
But this time they got a free Christmas Dinner to celebrate their win.
Mr Schiltz said: ‘The win just made our date night extra special.’
The retired driver now hopes to set up a family engineering business with his brother in law.
Mrs Schiltz, who plans to continue working training carers, said: ‘It’s just been amazing and we are looking forward to travelling in the New Year.’
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