Lowestoft lottery winner back at work to help with flood

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Media captionJamie Grieve plans to take up kart racing with the money he won

A garage worker was back at work a day after becoming a millionaire, clearing up damage caused by last week's tidal surge.

Jamie Grieve, 24, bought a £5 scratchcard on Thursday and had the £1m prize confirmed on Friday.

On Saturday, he rolled his sleeves up and helped with the clean up operation at the garage, which he said was "badly hit" by "2-3 feet of water".

"I'm not going to let the money change the person I am," Mr Grieve said.

Mr Grieve, who works as a parts supervisor at the garage, said there was "water and oil everywhere" following last week's tidal surge.

"We're still in the process of clearing it up," he said.

'Absolutely crazy'

It was a quick flash of reality for Lowestoft's latest millionaire, who bought the winning scratchcard after agreeing to accompany his girlfriend to a trip to Co-op in Kessingland on Thursday.

"I didn't want to go to the shop," he said. "I had a bit of a strop about it because of the weather."

Mr Grieve discovered his fortune when they returned to his parents' home, where he lives.

"Everything went absolutely crazy," Mr Grieve said, adding that at first he did not believe it was a winning ticket so sought confirmation from his parents.

His dad, who is a bit of a "joker", pretended to tear up the ticket, saying it was a fake.

"I shot across the room, almost bawling my eyes out that he nearly did ruin my life," Mr Grieve said.

He was quick to make the first purchase with his new fortune - buying a Ford Focus RS from the garage where he works.

Mr Grieve said until now he had been unable to pursue his desire of racing karts regularly in Beccles.

"It's always been a dream of mine but for financial reasons I've never been able to take it up and get into it," he said.

He said he will sign up for a year's racing and also plans to treat his girlfriend to a new car and pay for his friends to join the couple on a holiday.

His parents are being given an all expenses paid trip to Texas to see a close family friend who they have not seen for more than a decade.

"It's great to be Father Christmas for a bit and to know I can fulfil my dream to start karting again but I'm not taking this for granted," Mr Grieve said.

"Although I've always been in work, watching the pennies has been a permanent situation and I've constantly been juggling the bills to stay afloat."

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