Local fruit & veg man, John Kingsman, takes delivery of £154k
Many people in and around Bognor already know of John Kingsman from his days of delivering fruit & veg, but the popular 77 year-old now has fortune to look forward to, as well as local fame, since taking delivery of £154,144.50 from the EuroMillions draw on Friday 20 June, 2014.
John, who lives alone in his flat in Bognor, didn’t discover he was a lucky EuroMillions winner until two days after the draw when he awoke at 6.30am on the Sunday morning to check his Lucky Dip tickets. He told us:
“I usually watch all lottery draws live but the football meant the EuroMillions draw was on a bit late for me and I like to get up early. I couldn’t believe it when I saw I had the five main numbers and one of the Lucky Star numbers and I was shaking from head-to-toe. I had to get my neighbour to check it with me to make sure I’d got it right.
“I then went down to Sainsbury’s as soon as it opened, which I usually do on a Sunday morning for my shopping. I showed the ticket to the chap behind the counter and he said he couldn’t pay it out to me as it was over £500!”
The active 77 year-old is adamant he won’t be giving up his day job. He currently works six days a week for Wholesales & Catering Supplies in Chichester:
“I used to deliver fruit and veg for the company but a hernia caused me to stop driving 14 years ago and I’ve been pretty much retired ever since. I still go into the office to take phone orders but I mostly make tea, making me probably the oldest tea boy in the country!
“I would be bored if I was just in my flat every day, although now that I’ve won this money I hope to spend more time back on the golf course.”
With no immediate family, John is planning to spend his winnings on by treating many of his close friends to the finer things in life, with lots of meals out and time on the golf course. He may also upgrade his Ford Fiesta, which he only bought last month, to something a little bigger and has his eyes set on a Range Rover or something similar!
John bought his winning EuroMillions ticket at Sainsbury’s on Shripney Road in Bognor Regis.