Single father chef, 36, wins £1m lottery jackpot but still works all the way through Christmas Day and Boxing Day
- Didzis Pirags purchased the Merry Millions card on his lunch break on Saturday
- The 36-year-old still said he didn’t want to let his customers down so worked
- He plans to buy a new car and to find a new job so he can see his son more often
Didzis Pirags (pictured above) won the money on a scratch card
A single father has said he ‘will give his son the best life ever’ after he bagged the £1 million lottery jackpot.
Despite winning the cash on Saturday, Didzis Pirags who works as a chef in Broughton, Preston, still worked all the way through Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The 36-year-old had purchased a National Lottery scratch card on his lunch break and has now said the fortune will be life-changing for him and his five-year-old son.
Mr Pirags is the kitchen manager and chef at The Hungry Horse on Garstang Road and decided to try his luck on the Merry Millions instant win game.
He spent £5 on the card and has now used his winnings to put a deposit down on a new property for his family.
The chef didn’t want to let his customers down, which is why he took the decision to continue to work.
He has now said it is the ‘best dream come true at Christmas time’ and described the situation as ‘unbelievable’.
The Hungry Horse on Garstang Road in Preston (above) where Mr Pirgas works as a chef and kitchen manager
Mr Pirgas has now said that he will be able to give his son a better life after winning the jackpot
‘I will be able to give my son the best ever life now which is all I have ever wished for.’
‘I am currently living above my place of work and now I can look forward to owning a home of my own and a very special place to bring my son up.
‘I have put a deposit down on a four bedroom house with a garden which I know my son will love!’
As well as the property he is also planning on getting a new car, but added that he would also be giving some of his winnings to his friends and family – and claimed he would even give away his old car as soon as he replaces it.
The prize money will also help Mr Pirgas spend more time with his son and he plans to hand his notice in and look for a new job with a more flexible working pattern.
He added that he wanted to provide the best possible life for his son and that the money would allow him to do that.
It comes as Brits have been urged to double check their tickets as a £40 million jackpot is still yet to be claimed on the EuroMillions.