I Won The Lottery but Want My Job Back at McDonald’s

July 2006 was an amazing month for young Luke Prittard and his fiancée Emma Cox. Both 23 year old Luke and 28 year old Emma won a staggering 1 and a half million pounds in the UK National Lottery.

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Unfazed by their new millionaire status Luke and Emma intended to keep their jobs at McDonalds but were soon hounded by the Press for continuing to work at, what many considered, such a low level job. Not exactly the dream life most people believe a lottery win would bring.

So after a lot of criticism the pair quit their full time server jobs at the McDonald’s outlet in Pontprennau in Wales.

Initially Emma was excited when the first three numbers on her ticket were drawn while she wasted the lottery live in television. She recalls “I saw the first three numbers and I thought, we’ve won a tenner,” referring to a match 3 guaranteed prize of £10. She continued, “then the next three came up. I was looking at the ticket thinking, no, it’s not real.”


Emma told how, on the day she had bought the lottery ticket, and returned to work she had noticed a “money spider” on crawling on her hand and suggested to her work colleague that she was going to win the lottery that night, “obviously believing it would never happen”, she said.

Enjoying the Winnings

Soon after winning their lottery prize the couple purchased a modern £230,000 home for themselves and their young daughter Chloe. Then they went on holiday to the Canary Islands fully intending to return to work in McDonald’s when they got home.

Pressured to Ditch the Job

Due to pressure from outside sources Emma and Luke felt compelled to leave the jobs they loved and settle down to enjoy life as lottery millionaires.

However, it took only 21 days before boredom kicked in and Luke wanted to do more with his life. “To be honest, there’s only so much relaxing you can do. I’m only young and a bit of hard work never did anyone any harm”, he stated.

Savvy Investors

Just because Luke wanted to return to McDonald’s doesn’t mean he is stupid or lacks business sense.

At the moment Emma and Luke earn more every month in interest from their properly saved winnings than Luke could ever hope to bring home from a fast-food job. He returned because he enjoys it.

Although Luke returned to work his partner Emma decided to stay at home and look after their daughter. “I totally understand it,” Emma told reporters. “We both really enjoyed working at McDonald’s and still have good friends there.”

Luke also commented that McDonald’s means more to the couple than most as that is where they first met and eventually became an item.

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