Builder wins £1m on scratchcard

LUCKY: John Abreu

LUCKY: John Abreu

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A BOURNEMOUTH builder was left jumping for joy after winning £1million on a scratchcard during his coffee break.

John Abreu, 37, said he plans to buy his family a new home after becoming an instant millionaire.

The father of six, who bought the £5 National lottery scratchcard on Monday, said: “I bought a scratchcard and although I didn’t win on that one I had a feeling I might get lucky, so thought it was worth another shot and bought another one.

“I scratched it there in the store and was screaming when I realised I had won. I have only won the odd £10 or £30 before, so was in absolute shock to see I had won £1million.”

Mr Abreu and his wife Silvana, who works as a healthcare assistant, have been renting a house in Bournemouth. Thanks to their life-changing win the couple now are looking forward to owning their very own family home.

Mr Abreu said when he first called his wife to share the good news she didn’t believe him.

He said: “My friend was outside and had to call her to convince her that it was true. She is delighted and can’t wait for us to have our own house.”

Mr Abreu, who runs his own home improvement company, J Construction UK ltd, celebrated his windfall yesterday at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa.

He said: “It still hasn’t really sunk in. This win has changed our lives and given us security for the future. We have rented for a while, so having our own home will be really good for our family.”

One in 4,232,860 chance

LAST month a mystery man from Poole won a staggering £4million on a National Lottery scratchcard.

The lucky winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, scooped the jackpot prize after playing a £10 Gold scratchcard bought from the Spar in Bournemouth Road, Ashley Cross.

There have only ever been four £4Million Gold scratchcards in circulation and the Poole winner is the second person to hit the jackpot.

According to National Lottery scratchcard operators Camelot, there was a one in 4,232,860 chance of winning £4m.

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8:51am Sat 23 Aug 14

Rasta dude says...

I agree it's nice to here a good hardworking person winning for a change when is it my turn
I agree it's nice to here a good hardworking person winning for a change when is it my turn Rasta dude
  • Score: 42

9:18am Sat 23 Aug 14

Don@TAS22 says...

I know John extremely well and never has there been someone more deserving. He has worked hard for the little he has and I hope he and Silvana enjoy every penny of it. Well done mate.
I know John extremely well and never has there been someone more deserving. He has worked hard for the little he has and I hope he and Silvana enjoy every penny of it. Well done mate. Don@TAS22
  • Score: 78

9:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

BournemouthMum says...

Fantastic news to see someone winning who a) doesn't have a home of his own and b) is hardworking. Well done fella! Enjoy :)
Fantastic news to see someone winning who a) doesn't have a home of his own and b) is hardworking. Well done fella! Enjoy :) BournemouthMum
  • Score: 58

9:45am Sat 23 Aug 14

hamworthygirl says...

Great story love to read this hope he enjoys spending it
Great story love to read this hope he enjoys spending it hamworthygirl
  • Score: 44

11:01am Sat 23 Aug 14

High Treason says...

That has set him up for life very nicely. Sad fact is so many are spending a fortune on gambling who are unable to afford it. He was lucky, how many spend that much time and time again and get zilch.
That has set him up for life very nicely. Sad fact is so many are spending a fortune on gambling who are unable to afford it. He was lucky, how many spend that much time and time again and get zilch. High Treason
  • Score: 11

11:33am Sat 23 Aug 14

mac340v8 says...

Bloody good on him! Nice to hear of a family man winning
Bloody good on him! Nice to hear of a family man winning mac340v8
  • Score: 28

12:14pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Reason8 says...

Fantastic!! Hope they enjoy every minute of it! Sounds like they deserve it!
Fantastic!! Hope they enjoy every minute of it! Sounds like they deserve it! Reason8
  • Score: 16

12:20pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.
Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did. Marty Caine
  • Score: 11

2:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

H2o-hara says...

Marty Caine wrote:
Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.
I know what you mean as I expect all his old mates will now start crawling out the woodwork .
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.[/p][/quote]I know what you mean as I expect all his old mates will now start crawling out the woodwork . H2o-hara
  • Score: 7

3:20pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Ayles 10 says...

Good luck John, Silvana & family, enjoy every penny!
Good luck John, Silvana & family, enjoy every penny! Ayles 10
  • Score: 10

4:02pm Sat 23 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

H2o-hara wrote:
Marty Caine wrote:
Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.
I know what you mean as I expect all his old mates will now start crawling out the woodwork .
You mean like Don@TAS22 :)
[quote][p][bold]H2o-hara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.[/p][/quote]I know what you mean as I expect all his old mates will now start crawling out the woodwork .[/p][/quote]You mean like Don@TAS22 :) cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -9

5:08pm Sat 23 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

Hi Daddy, I'm your 7th child....... Good Luck to you John.
Hi Daddy, I'm your 7th child....... Good Luck to you John. twynhamob
  • Score: 9

5:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

O'Reilly says...

Well done.....nice to hear some good news.
Well done.....nice to hear some good news. O'Reilly
  • Score: 7

8:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Glad he can now leave his greedy landlord and have his own house!! For someone working as a owner of a construction company being forced to rent is a terrible state of affairs.
Glad he can now leave his greedy landlord and have his own house!! For someone working as a owner of a construction company being forced to rent is a terrible state of affairs. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 6

9:15pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Don@TAS22 says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
H2o-hara wrote:
Marty Caine wrote:
Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.
I know what you mean as I expect all his old mates will now start crawling out the woodwork .
You mean like Don@TAS22 :)
If only you knew me, you wouldn't be such a pr@t
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]H2o-hara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: Well done to him on his win but if it had been me I would have stayed anonymous like the £4 million winner did.[/p][/quote]I know what you mean as I expect all his old mates will now start crawling out the woodwork .[/p][/quote]You mean like Don@TAS22 :)[/p][/quote]If only you knew me, you wouldn't be such a pr@t Don@TAS22
  • Score: 2

3:06am Sun 24 Aug 14

Miss not so subtle says...

I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet!
Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up.
All these comments, really pleased for the family.
Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami
ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.
I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet! Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up. All these comments, really pleased for the family. Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'. Miss not so subtle
  • Score: -15

7:32am Sun 24 Aug 14

Roland80 says...

Miss not so subtle wrote:
I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet!
Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up.
All these comments, really pleased for the family.
Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami

ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.
What a c u next Tuesday. Another one jealous of someone's good fortune who has the balls to work for himself ands set up his own company but gets scrutinised by spending a fiver on a scratch card. Another idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Miss not so subtle[/bold] wrote: I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet! Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up. All these comments, really pleased for the family. Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.[/p][/quote]What a c u next Tuesday. Another one jealous of someone's good fortune who has the balls to work for himself ands set up his own company but gets scrutinised by spending a fiver on a scratch card. Another idiot. Roland80
  • Score: 13

9:11am Sun 24 Aug 14

roamer200 says...

Miss not so subtle wrote:
I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet!
Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up.
All these comments, really pleased for the family.
Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami

ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.
How can the real winner be only English, anyone can buy a card???? Basic principals of gambling here....
[quote][p][bold]Miss not so subtle[/bold] wrote: I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet! Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up. All these comments, really pleased for the family. Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.[/p][/quote]How can the real winner be only English, anyone can buy a card???? Basic principals of gambling here.... roamer200
  • Score: 2

9:25am Sun 24 Aug 14

Miss not so subtle says...

Roland80 wrote:
Miss not so subtle wrote:
I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet!
Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up.
All these comments, really pleased for the family.
Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami


ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.
What a c u next Tuesday. Another one jealous of someone's good fortune who has the balls to work for himself ands set up his own company but gets scrutinised by spending a fiver on a scratch card. Another idiot.
Roland
I'd like to assure you that the views I expressed are not my own!
Apparently EDL speak for the dwindling culture of true 'Ingerland'. We are too frightened to express our xenophobia. They see themselves as defenders of the realm, the last bastion of common sense and brave enough to shout the thoughts we are too cowardly to express.
I read their website page and other relevant links with utter horror and duly joined the 'We are Bournemouth' counter EDL demonstration. Many people from diverse walks of life gathered to show our pride in Bournemouth being a multicultural home and warm host to visitors from across the globe. As we walked we were treated with mutual respect by onlookers, many of whom clapped in support.
If anyone reading this thinks that EDL's sparse 'rally' yesterday was about Islamic extremism. .Please go to their website and read about 'The Immigrant', if you dare!
'little work experience, largely uneducated,benefit scroungers, criminals, lacking the decency of society's manners and here to cause trouble'.- to accurately paraphrase.
Yes, the above is obviously far more applicable to the rabble of EDL than 'immigrants' ,but their website authors are seemingly oblivious to this irony or, knowing EDL are ' literally and cerebrally challenged' aren't concerned the hypocrisy would be picked up.
I'm pleased you think as you do Roland!
[quote][p][bold]Roland80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miss not so subtle[/bold] wrote: I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet! Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up. All these comments, really pleased for the family. Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.[/p][/quote]What a c u next Tuesday. Another one jealous of someone's good fortune who has the balls to work for himself ands set up his own company but gets scrutinised by spending a fiver on a scratch card. Another idiot.[/p][/quote]Roland I'd like to assure you that the views I expressed are not my own! Apparently EDL speak for the dwindling culture of true 'Ingerland'. We are too frightened to express our xenophobia. They see themselves as defenders of the realm, the last bastion of common sense and brave enough to shout the thoughts we are too cowardly to express. I read their website page and other relevant links with utter horror and duly joined the 'We are Bournemouth' counter EDL demonstration. Many people from diverse walks of life gathered to show our pride in Bournemouth being a multicultural home and warm host to visitors from across the globe. As we walked we were treated with mutual respect by onlookers, many of whom clapped in support. If anyone reading this thinks that EDL's sparse 'rally' yesterday was about Islamic extremism. .Please go to their website and read about 'The Immigrant', if you dare! 'little work experience, largely uneducated,benefit scroungers, criminals, lacking the decency of society's manners and here to cause trouble'.- to accurately paraphrase. Yes, the above is obviously far more applicable to the rabble of EDL than 'immigrants' ,but their website authors are seemingly oblivious to this irony or, knowing EDL are ' literally and cerebrally challenged' aren't concerned the hypocrisy would be picked up. I'm pleased you think as you do Roland! Miss not so subtle
  • Score: -2

9:31am Sun 24 Aug 14

Miss not so subtle says...

Roland80 wrote:
Miss not so subtle wrote:
I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet!
Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up.
All these comments, really pleased for the family.
Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami


ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.
What a c u next Tuesday. Another one jealous of someone's good fortune who has the balls to work for himself ands set up his own company but gets scrutinised by spending a fiver on a scratch card. Another idiot.
Roland
I'd like to assure you that the views I expressed are not my own!
Apparently EDL speak for the dwindling culture of true 'Ingerland'. We are too frightened to express our xenophobia. They see themselves as defenders of the realm, the last bastion of common sense and brave enough to shout the thoughts we are too cowardly to express.
I read their website page and other relevant links with utter horror and duly joined the 'We are Bournemouth' counter EDL demonstration. Many people from diverse walks of life gathered to show our pride in Bournemouth being a multicultural home and warm host to visitors from across the globe. As we walked we were treated with mutual respect by onlookers, many of whom clapped in support.
If anyone reading this thinks that EDL's sparse 'rally' yesterday was about Islamic extremism. .Please go to their website and read about 'The Immigrant', if you dare!
'little work experience, largely uneducated,benefit scroungers, criminals, lacking the decency of society's manners and here to cause trouble'.- to accurately paraphrase.
Yes, the above is obviously far more applicable to the rabble of EDL than 'immigrants' ,but their website authors are seemingly oblivious to this irony or, knowing EDL are ' literally and cerebrally challenged' aren't concerned the hypocrisy would be picked up.
I'm pleased you think as you do Roland!
[quote][p][bold]Roland80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miss not so subtle[/bold] wrote: I'm not an EDL supporter but . ... his surname sounds a little 'foreign ' ...shouldn't the real winners be ' Ingerlish'? We haven't established the cultural heritage of this man...but we know he's got five kids and no one's mentioned another 'baby mother'. .yet! Five children with one partner, a job and enough spare cash to get the most expensive scratch cards...It doesn't add up. All these comments, really pleased for the family. Surely someone out there holds a grudge? He can't be balanced,verile,fami ly oriented and foreign sounding. .It simply doesn't 'tick the box'.[/p][/quote]What a c u next Tuesday. Another one jealous of someone's good fortune who has the balls to work for himself ands set up his own company but gets scrutinised by spending a fiver on a scratch card. Another idiot.[/p][/quote]Roland I'd like to assure you that the views I expressed are not my own! Apparently EDL speak for the dwindling culture of true 'Ingerland'. We are too frightened to express our xenophobia. They see themselves as defenders of the realm, the last bastion of common sense and brave enough to shout the thoughts we are too cowardly to express. I read their website page and other relevant links with utter horror and duly joined the 'We are Bournemouth' counter EDL demonstration. Many people from diverse walks of life gathered to show our pride in Bournemouth being a multicultural home and warm host to visitors from across the globe. As we walked we were treated with mutual respect by onlookers, many of whom clapped in support. If anyone reading this thinks that EDL's sparse 'rally' yesterday was about Islamic extremism. .Please go to their website and read about 'The Immigrant', if you dare! 'little work experience, largely uneducated,benefit scroungers, criminals, lacking the decency of society's manners and here to cause trouble'.- to accurately paraphrase. Yes, the above is obviously far more applicable to the rabble of EDL than 'immigrants' ,but their website authors are seemingly oblivious to this irony or, knowing EDL are ' literally and cerebrally challenged' aren't concerned the hypocrisy would be picked up. I'm pleased you think as you do Roland! Miss not so subtle
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Sun 24 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Would'nt tell a soul
Would'nt tell a soul CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Avengerboy says...

Oh no somebody with a johnny foreigner name (Hispanic probably) has won some money, cue rant from moron ........ should of gone to a good old British salt of the earth like ...... scans Daily Mail ...... 'White Dee' instead? I think not.
Oh no somebody with a johnny foreigner name (Hispanic probably) has won some money, cue rant from moron ........ should of gone to a good old British salt of the earth like ...... scans Daily Mail ...... 'White Dee' instead? I think not. Avengerboy
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Glad he can now leave his greedy landlord and have his own house!! For someone working as a owner of a construction company being forced to rent is a terrible state of affairs.
Greedy landlord? Based on what?

Greedy shopkeeper? Greedy gardener? Greedy Doctor?

Consitute greedy and earning a living?
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Glad he can now leave his greedy landlord and have his own house!! For someone working as a owner of a construction company being forced to rent is a terrible state of affairs.[/p][/quote]Greedy landlord? Based on what? Greedy shopkeeper? Greedy gardener? Greedy Doctor? Consitute greedy and earning a living? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

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