Sunderland man wins £1million on National Lottery Scratchcard - days before new baby is born

Kenny Ashton. Picture by Gareth Jones.
Kenny Ashton. Picture by Gareth Jones.

A dad from Sunderland has said his dream has literally come true after a premonition led to him winning a £1million top prize on a National Lottery scratchcard

Kenny Ashton, 33, said the win could not come at a better time as his wife Gillian, 26, is about to give birth the couple's first son.

Kenny Ashton. Picture by Gareth Jones.

Kenny Ashton. Picture by Gareth Jones.

He said: "I just cannot believe this has happened to me. I am going through a whole range of emotions, from shock and everything just being a blur, to absolute joy and excitement.

"Gillian is due to give birth on Thursday to our first son together, so the win just couldn't have happened at a better time."

Kenny said he had a dream "National Lottery luck" was on his way before he scooped a million on the 20 X Cash Scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore.

"I had a dream that National Lottery luck was going to come my way, so the following day when I was on my lunch break, I popped into the local supermarket and bought the scratchcard - it was simply the card which really took my eye on the stand.

Kenny Ashton. Picture by Gareth Jones.

Kenny Ashton. Picture by Gareth Jones.

"I immediately scratched it in the supermarket and I thought I had won £5. I was absolutely delighted - I couldn't believe my luck.

"As I continued to scratch, it then emerged I had won £1million. I just couldn't believe it and the news hasn't really sunk in."

Buying a new cars was something he never thought he would do

After the win was confirmed by organisers Camelot, Kenny immediately went out and made his first purchase - a seven-seater Ford Galaxy for his expanding family - and a new car for his wife.

The 33-year-old also has a three-year-old daughter with Gillian, and three children with a previous partner. The couple live in a two-bedroom rented house.

Kenny, who works as a canvasser selling windows and doors, said going out to order two new cars was something he never believed he would be able to do.

He added: " I won't be giving up work just yet, but this win make things so much easier for us as a family.

"The first thing I did after discovering I had won was to go out and buy two new cars- the people carrier will be fantastic and enable us all to go out together as a family. And it also means Gillian can have her own car too.

"We are still planning what we will spend the money on, but I am sure a new house- our own family home- will be high up on the shopping list.

"The win just provides us with so many options - it gives us choices- choices we could only have ever dreamt of having."