Scratchcard Winners: Hi James, thanks for getting in touch! Congratulations on your winner! First off, tell us where did you buy the scratchcard?
James: I bought the scratchcard from my local Asda.
SW: What did it feel like to win such a massive prize?
James: To be honest, it took a while to sink in. I read the numbers but it didn't feel real. I checked over and over again that it was £250,000 and not £250 and that it was a diamond that I had to match and nothing else. I was convinced I was reading it wrong!
SW: From your photo, it is clear to see it's a winner, but I don't blame you for double checking! What was your previous biggest scratchcard winner?
James: My biggest winner prior to this was probably only £10.
SW: Sounds like you were overdue a big win! How many do you usually buy?
James: I only tend to buy a couple a month or so.
SW: How did you go about claiming your win? What was the process?
James: When I won, I rang up Camelot using the number on the back of the card. They verified it over the phone and then they sent somebody round to look at ID etc.
SW: Did they ask you to go public?
James: Yes they did ask me, but I refused. They asked if I wanted to talk to one of their financial advisors, but I knew I was going to pay off my mortgage, so I didn't bother with their offer.
SW: How quickly did they pay you? How did they do it?
James: They paid our in about a week. It was just a transfer to my bank account.
SW: Does the money help fund your love of slot machines and contribute to the instagram page you run?
James: Partly, yes. Over the last two years, I'm up nearly £100k from online slots. I've had some unbelievable luck, so this is just the icing on the cake!
SW: Finally, any advice to our players reading this article and wanting some inspiration?
James: I don't really have any advice, but I guess if it's your time, it's your time!
Many thanks to James for answering these questions for us! If you have any questions that you would like to ask him, leave them below, and we will do our best to put them to him and update this article.
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