Lorry driver wins lottery and becomes millionaire just three days after retiring

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Paul Bashaw with his lottery winning cheque (Image: Jam Press)
Paul Bashaw with his lottery winning cheque (Image: Jam Press)

A lorry driver won the lottery just three days after telling his boss he was retiring.

Paul Bashaw, from West Boylston in Massachusetts, was stunned when he scooped $1million on the Cashword scratch card purchased on July 20. But despite his win, Paul Bashaw finished his notice period without saying a word about his good fortune to colleagues.

Bashaw bought the winning ticket just days after informing his employer of over 20 years of his plans to retire at the end of the following week. The lorry driver went on to claim his winnings at the Massachusetts Lottery headquarters in Dorchester on 28 July – his very last day at work.

The former lorry driver, who turns 66 later this year, said he has seen three of his dreams come true in the last five years. Speaking to Massachusetts Lottery, he said: "I told my wife there were three things in life I never thought I'd see happen - the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, getting a hole in one - that happened five years ago - and hitting the lottery. And now I've hit all three!"

Lorry driver wins lottery and becomes millionaire just three days after retiring erideuiqtqiqdrinvBashaw bought his ticket at the J & J Variety store in West Boylston, which will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning scratch card (Jam Press)

The lucky winner said he plans to use some of his prize money to go travelling. Bashaw bought his ticket at the J & J Variety store in West Boylston, which will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning scratch card.

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Last month, a woman from Washtenaw County, Michigan State, won the lottery on her husband’s birthday. Kristin Murawski, 46, said: “My husband looked at the ticket and his jaw dropped.”

She matched all five numbers on the Fantasy 5 draw on July 21, winning $288,903 The lucky lady told Michigan Lottery: “Winning this jackpot is life-changing and makes our lives easier.

“It means an earlier retirement for my husband and less worry about how we'll make ends meet once we’re both retired.”

Lee Bullen

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