Lottery winner still works on Christmas Day


Single father won £1 million on the lottery still showed up to work as chef on Christmas Day. Dedication or what?

Didzis Pirags, 36, is a chef who won £1m on an online scratch card. He still turned up to work his shift at a pub on Christmas Day. Despite his huge win, the single father still needed to finish his shifts on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and over the weekend.

Pirags was taking his lunch break at the Hungry Horse Pub in Preston, Lancashire, on Saturday when he bought his winning ticket. He logged into his National Lottery account to use the £6.50 he had left over.

He began to play the Merry Millions Instant Win game in his flat above the pub.

“The first thing I scratched off said £1m.The nanny was there and I said ‘could you look at it, could you look at it please, I can’t believe it, is that £1m?'”

He also had to confirm with his boss because he was still in disbelief.

The winner says the money will allow him to provide the “best possible life” for his five-year-old son. He will be able to spend more time with his son, since he works 60 hours a week.

He hires a nanny to look after his son. Pirags completes regular 12-hour shifts, including at weekends, meaning he can only spend time with his son a couple of evenings a week.

Mr Pirags said he did not spoil his son over Christmas but bought him some headphones as an extra present. He revealed his win on Friday. The winner has bought a four-bedroom house for £280,000 with his money. Furthermore, he plans to buy a new car and give his current car to a friend.

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