Kevin Campbell (27) discovered he’d won the life changing £250,000 on Wednesday 19 July. He explains, “I quickly nipped to the local shop in Denny just before work to get a bottle of water for a lad I was on a job with and decided to buy a scratchcard with my spare change.
“I scratched it when I got back in the car and I couldn’t believe it – I think I actually just kept scratching away even though there was nothing left because I thought it was a mistake! I kept saying over and over ‘Is it real? Is this real?’ and I had so many butterflies in my stomach.
“Typically, my mum and girlfriend never answered their phones – and I must have tried them about 20 times! I felt like I had to say it out loud and tell someone, so I phoned my boss because I knew I was going to have to explain to him why I was on cloud nine all day at work anyway. From the moment I said those words ‘I’ve just won a quarter of a million pounds’, it all started to become real.
“All of my friends, family and workmates know I tend to have a wee laugh about things from time to time so it took some convincing when I told him. We had a bit of banter on the job that day, with the lad I was working with jokingly taking credit that it was all due to his bottle of water.
“After I’d spoken with Camelot, I signed the back of the scratchcard and stored it in my car but I watched that car like a hawk all day.”
Speaking about the reaction from the local community, Kevin added, “Everyone has been so nice; I think people are just genuinely happy to see someone they know win. It’s quite funny because the shopkeeper said that locals have been flocking to buy my winning scratchcard, so much so that he’s completely sold out of it now!”
Kevin is going to take some time before spending his windfall and is definitely going to follow the advice of his mum and girlfriend, Sarah McDougall (29), to “be sensible and make it last”.
He explained, “This has given me such a good start to my life, and it’s an amount of money that I never thought I’d have. I will definitely be buying my first house in my hometown of Denny. I think I’ll also treat my girlfriend and the lads to a holiday to officially celebrate.”
Kevin bought his winning £250,000 Purple Limited Edition Scratchcard from the Village Store in Stirling Street, Denny. There is a 1 in 4.11 overall chance of winning a prize on the Purple Limited Edition Scratchcard. The card costs £2 and prizes range from £2 up to the top prize of £250,000.
GameStore is the home of scratchcards and online Instant Win games from The National Lottery, offering players many different and exciting ways to play and win life changing prizes.
The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like Kevin as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, £30m for National Lottery-funded projects every week. In Falkirk alone there have been over 868 individual National Lottery grants made to date, funding projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.
In Kevin’s own back yard of Denny, National Lottery funding has helped:
• Strathcarron Hospice@Home provide people who are at the end of their life and wish to spend their last few days at home with personal, practical and emotional support
• Fruit-full Schools to support children and young people to design, grow, plant and manage community apple orchards in their school grounds
For more information on National Lottery funding please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.