Mechanic keeps £1m win in family

Mechanic keeps £1m win in family

Despite a £1 million lottery win, an Aston Martin motor mechanic and a hospital nurse have vowed to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

Paul Wood has a reputation as "a bit of a joker", and family and friends thought he was winding them up when he first told them, but the worker at the luxury car maker's Gaydon factory now has a new car on his shopping list, among other things.

He may even opt for an Aston Martin now he can afford one, plus the accompanyingcar insurance .

Paul and his wife Ginny, a staff nurse at the University of Warwick Hospital, needed some time for the news to sink in as the moment of realisation was "a bit of a blur". As Mr Wood, aged 54, and from Coventry said: "I'd forgotten to check my lottery tickets so I asked the lady behind the counter in the sweetshop if she wouldn't mind putting them into the machine. She said that I'd won something and that I should call Camelot."

The win was confirmed moments later when Mr Wood and his wife sat in their Ford Focus and made the call to the National Lottery.

On top of the wish list for the couple now is financial security for the family, including their four children and five grandchildren. However, a house extension, a holiday and possibly an Aston Martin are also top priority.

Copyright Press Association 2013