AN ex-lorrydriver has been dubbed Britain’s luckiest man after winning £1m in the EuroMillions for the second time - beating odds of more than 283 billion to one.
According to Ladbroke’s there is a far higher chance of Elvis being found alive this year than David Long had of repeating his incredible good fortune of just 18 months ago.
But Mr Long, from Scunthorpe, said he “just knew it would be his turn again some day.”
The 59-year-old, from Scunthorpe, took early retirement from his job as an HGV driver after winning his first £1m but revealed yesterday he had continued to live in a mobile home.
He now plans to move into a house - not a mansion but with a games room and bar - take his wife Kath on a cruise and donate to charity.
He said: “I don’t feel guilty I’ve won twice, I don’t really care what other people think. I will donate some of the money to charity. The one closest to my heart is Lindsey Lodge Hospice down the road. There are a lot of people who are terminally ill and my mother, who is 81, still does voluntary work there.”
The Longs previously banked £1m in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw on Friday July 26 2013.
Mr Long narrowly avoided disaster after putting the ticket in the bin and only retrieving it to go and get a newspaper. Since then the couple had had an “amazing” time, treating the family, buying a car and getting married after being engaged for 12 years.
Mr Long said: “I always told everyone that I’m gonna do it again. I just knew it would be my turn again some day. Now it has and we just can’t believe it.
“I tend to play when I know there are lots of prizes on the go. Last Friday night I was passing the local shop and saw there were 10 £1m prizes on EuroMillions and a nice car and thought yeah I’ll give that a go.”
He bought five lines using his usual numbers and was amazed to discover he had won again: “After a few moments I very calmly called Kath in and said ‘Have a look at this. It’s there. Look.’.”
Mr Long said his wife checked the television and went online, adding: “Then she went up right close to our television on the wall, put on her glasses and stared really hard at the raffle numbers. It seemed ages and then she finally said: ‘You said you’d do it again and you have!’ Everything has been a blur ever since. It’s definitely taking longer to sink in this time.”
His mum Joan said: “I just thought ‘how could someone do that twice?
“Dave is donating some of the money to the hospice which is fantastic. Dave bought me a mobile home with his first winnings and I’m really close to the one he shares with Kath.”
Mr Long said “you never know” when asked about winning for a third time. “They say things come in threes, don’t they?” he said. “You’ve just got to believe that one day you’re going to do it. “
His wife said: “He probably will.”
A Camelot spokesman said: “This is an extraordinary situation where somebody’s been fortunate enough to win twice. As you can imagine, we see winners who win once who are very, very shocked. It must be even more shocking to win twice.”
A spokesman for Ladbrokes said: “Given the odds suggest it’s far more likely Elvis is found alive this year, it’s fair to say this couple have the lucky touch.”
• A hospital cleaner will go back to work tomorrow - despite winning more than £1m in the Euromillions draw on Friday.
Andrew Perkins, 25, from Sheffield, said he would return to work at the city’s Northern General Hospital, where he will be cleaning corridors, after scooping £1.15m during a few days’ holiday.
The Sheffield Wednesday fan, an only child who lives with his parents, said: “I don’t want to change because I have money now. I’m a quiet person and like simple things in life.
“I do enjoy my job - like all jobs they have their good and bad points but I don’t really want to give up work because I would get bored.”