Ladder builder steps up from £10,000 lottery win to £10.3m jackpot


A ladder builder who scooped more than £10 million on the lottery initially thought he had been "lucky" enough to win £10,000. 

John Bowman, from Forfar in Angus, checked his numbers from Saturday night's Lotto draw the following morning but it was not until he showed a friend his ticket he realised he had won 1,000 times that amount. 

The 59-year-old said he plans to spend some of his £10,317,199 winnings on a place in the sun. 

Speaking at an event organised by operators Camelot outside Glasgow on Thursday, Mr Bowman said the first thing he did was phone his daughters Lisa, 28, and Emma, 26, to break the good news.

"I told them to sit down because I had some news for them - they didn't believe me at first," he said.

He then went to his local pub to celebrate his win. "My first drink as a millionaire was still a pint of beer," he added.

Revealing how he intends to spend the money, Mr Bowman said: "The first thing I did was to look after my daughters and I will also be sharing some of my good fortune with family and friends.

"I want to buy a home abroad, somewhere with plenty of sun, and I also like travelling so I'll be looking at holidays in Europe.

"I enjoy Formula 1, too, so I think a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix will be on the cards."

He also revealed he would not be returning to work at local firm Ramsay Ladders.

"They are a lovely local family business. I've been in touch and they are all delighted for me but I won't be keeping on my job," he said.

The sports fan, who played for Perth team St Johnstone when he was younger, said: "I enjoy watching football but I don't support any particular team. I quite often go along to see my local side Forfar Athletic so I'll keep doing that.

"The win also means I'll have plenty of time to play more golf and bowls."

Mr Bowman has played five lines of the same numbers every week since the lottery launched more than 20 years ago but has not had any big wins until now.

He bought the only winning ticket - with numbers 2, 5, 14, 42, 51 and 55 - from RS McColl on East High Street in his home town.

It makes him Scotland's latest lottery millionaire. 

Earlier this year, married couple David and Carol Martin, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, claimed half of a historic £66 million lottery jackpot, catapulting them to the top of the Lotto rich list.

The latest win comes after an unnamed UK ticket-holder staked a claim for a £51.8 million EuroMillions prize on Tuesday and just weeks after a British player was the sole winner of a £24.6 million jackpot.

But the big prizes are some way from being the largest for a UK winner.

Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, scooped a £161,653,000 EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011.