Lorry driver scoops £17.8m jackpot

Matthew Breach celebrates his win
Matthew Breach celebrates his win
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A SINGLE lorry driver has become an overnight multi-millionaire after popping into a Hailsham newsagents to buy a pint of milk.

Matthew Breach, pictured, 37, from Battle, scooped the entire £17.8m National Lottery jackpot last Wednesday, after he bought the winning Lucky Dip ticket from Budgens convenience store in Upper Horsebridge Road, Hailsham.

He was the only winner of last Wednesday’s triple rollover jackpot – the 20th biggest single Lotto win in Britain – after popping in on his way home from work.

Mark Alexander, the shop manager of the Hailsham branch where the winning ticket was bought, said staff members were ecstatic after hearing the news.

The trucker discovered he had won the day after the draw, when checking the numbers while at work.

He is now planning a spending spree as well as helping out family and friends.

“I told my mum the news but then I had a short nap to clear my head before I went to see my sisters,” he said.

“I’ve been in a bit of a daze since then to be honest.”

Matthew said he is still in shock at winning.

“I sat with a mate on Saturday and he kept saying – you’ve won, you’ve won!

“It was a weird feeling as we had spent many a night together planning our spending if we were to win the lottery but now it’s actually happened.

“I think I have resigned from my job – I certainly don’t think they expect me to turn up tomorrow morning.

“I suppose my first treat after my lottery win is a lie in, after six years of five o’clock starts.”