York Lotto millionaires still bring home the bacon

Carl and Amanda Ruddock who won a million pounds on a lottery scratch card a year ago and invested some of it in a sandwich shop on Monkton Road, York

Carl and Amanda Ruddock who won a million pounds on a lottery scratch card a year ago and invested some of it in a sandwich shop on Monkton Road, York

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Where there's butties there's brass. MAXINE GORDON meets the York couple who have opened a sandwich shop after a £1million scratch card win.

MAKING bacon butties, filling jacket potatoes and brewing cups of tea hardly seems like the life of a millionaire.

Yet that's just what lottery winners Amanda and Carl Ruddock have plumped for after Amanda scooped £1 million in a scratch card win.

The pair have invested a chunk of their winnings in a neighbourhood sarnie shop, Albert's Butties, on Monkton Road, York.

Amanda gave up her job as a cleaner and Carl quit as a forklift driver at Nestle following their good fortune - but knew all along they wanted to keep on working and set a good example to their family.

They live in Huntington with four children - Amanda's two teenage sons Liam, 18, and Kyle, 16, and the couple's two children, Riley, eight and Taylor, seven.

Carl said: "We want to show our children that you still have to earn money."

Amanda added: "We want to show them the true value of money, that you still have to be out there working, even if you do have a little bit of money." Liam has a job at Next.

The pair said it took a while to realise that they were millionaires.

Amanda said she misread the winning scratch card at first. " I thought it said £1. I checked it 50 times and thought it must be a joke. Then I took it home to show Carl to get him to check it. We went into a bit of a panic. It was a bit scary, the shock of it all."

One year on, and the couple insist that becoming millionaires hasn't changed them.

Amanda said: "I still like going to Primark and having a good nosey. I feel if I don't get a bargain, I've been robbed."

The couple have bought a house with some of the winnings and Amanda treated Carl to his dream car: a nippy Mazda RX8 - but even that was second-hand.

They have bought a caravan at Filey, which is great for family breaks but doubles as an investment opportunity too because they rent it out.

Carl said: "People have said to me: 'Why haven't you got Versace suits?' But I'm not going to change who I am."

Amanda added: "I didn't want to turn into someone stuck up who thinks they are better than anyone else."

Perhaps surprisingly, the couple said that winning so much money has brought them stress.

Amanda explained: "People say: 'how can you be stressed with a million pounds?' But it's a different type of stress. It's a worry all the time; it's a big responsibility to be in charge of that much money and to try to make it last you for the rest of your life."

One thing's for sure: it hasn't stopped the couple playing the lottery and buying scratch cards.

Carl said: "You've got to be in it, to win it."

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10:49am Mon 9 Jun 14

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 36

1:27pm Mon 9 Jun 14

malonemalone says...

you would think they had won like 50 million.,..........y
ou all better get a proper job as that million will not be around for long................
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you would think they had won like 50 million.,..........y ou all better get a proper job as that million will not be around for long................ ........ malonemalone
  • Score: -43

1:54pm Mon 9 Jun 14

dogcapp says...

so money can bring happiness after all. ;{ )
so money can bring happiness after all. ;{ ) dogcapp
  • Score: 22

2:08pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Dr Brian says...

Good Luck to them nice story
Good Luck to them nice story Dr Brian
  • Score: 39

3:56pm Mon 9 Jun 14

I'msohappy.com says...

malonemalone wrote:
you would think they had won like 50 million.,..........y

ou all better get a proper job as that million will not be around for long................

........
Oohhh.....jealousy is an ugly thing to possess!!!
[quote][p][bold]malonemalone[/bold] wrote: you would think they had won like 50 million.,..........y ou all better get a proper job as that million will not be around for long................ ........[/p][/quote]Oohhh.....jealousy is an ugly thing to possess!!! I'msohappy.com
  • Score: 41

4:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

yorkandproud says...

malonemalone wrote:
you would think they had won like 50 million.,..........y

ou all better get a proper job as that million will not be around for long................

........
So how is owning and running a sarnie shop, not a proper job. Please explain.
[quote][p][bold]malonemalone[/bold] wrote: you would think they had won like 50 million.,..........y ou all better get a proper job as that million will not be around for long................ ........[/p][/quote]So how is owning and running a sarnie shop, not a proper job. Please explain. yorkandproud
  • Score: 37

5:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

here's-hoping says...

Many congratulations to the lucky Ruddocks. Wouldn't we all just love to pick up a similar jackpot! I don't know yet if this will work, but here's what I'm doing to try and get a win. I've made up a little free and just-for-fun page which generates your own personal quick pick numbers. Who knows, it might work - you just never know your luck! As I say, it is free and just a bit of fun, so look out for VillaLibra Lucky Numbers if you want to see if you can locate it for yourself.
Many congratulations to the lucky Ruddocks. Wouldn't we all just love to pick up a similar jackpot! I don't know yet if this will work, but here's what I'm doing to try and get a win. I've made up a little free and just-for-fun page which generates your own personal quick pick numbers. Who knows, it might work - you just never know your luck! As I say, it is free and just a bit of fun, so look out for VillaLibra Lucky Numbers if you want to see if you can locate it for yourself. here's-hoping
  • Score: -8

4:23am Tue 10 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

As pleasant as this story might be, about the value of money and all that, I'm not sure if it was a wise idea to go broadcasting in a newspaper that you have a Million pounds when your business is on Monkton Road! Put it this way, there's a reason why the mini-mart next door had all the windows bricked up.
As pleasant as this story might be, about the value of money and all that, I'm not sure if it was a wise idea to go broadcasting in a newspaper that you have a Million pounds when your business is on Monkton Road! Put it this way, there's a reason why the mini-mart next door had all the windows bricked up. Magicman!
  • Score: -3

2:30pm Tue 10 Jun 14

timtranslates says...

Dear here's hoping, creating your little page will in no way increase your chances of winning, so you'd be better off investing your time elsewhere. You'd be better off investing your money elsewhere too. These two people got lucky, but there's very little chance the same will happen to you. So invest what you spend on training, or in starting your own business. It's a much wiser investment than playing the lottery.
Dear here's hoping, creating your little page will in no way increase your chances of winning, so you'd be better off investing your time elsewhere. You'd be better off investing your money elsewhere too. These two people got lucky, but there's very little chance the same will happen to you. So invest what you spend on training, or in starting your own business. It's a much wiser investment than playing the lottery. timtranslates
  • Score: 7

2:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

Good luck to them, but they always say never to let them use your name if you win. Too many undesirables (some professional) who use fake stories and begging letters - and then get nasty.

But I get it, they've got a free advert in the Press.
Good luck to them, but they always say never to let them use your name if you win. Too many undesirables (some professional) who use fake stories and begging letters - and then get nasty. But I get it, they've got a free advert in the Press. Justin7
  • Score: 12

11:08am Wed 11 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Let's hope they didn't make a rasher decision. After all they are a couple of hamateurs.
Let's hope they didn't make a rasher decision. After all they are a couple of hamateurs. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Pedro says...

They are not "millionaires" because that is a plural. They are each half a millionaire! While it is not a bad win, it is hardly going to give them a life of extreme luxury and opulence. I'd put the money in to bonds and work for a charity or something. Much better than starting a business you have no experience in.
They are not "millionaires" because that is a plural. They are each half a millionaire! While it is not a bad win, it is hardly going to give them a life of extreme luxury and opulence. I'd put the money in to bonds and work for a charity or something. Much better than starting a business you have no experience in. Pedro
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Mon 23 Jun 14

spottycow says...

WELL DONE YOU TWO KEEP IT UP AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE SARNIES
WELL DONE YOU TWO KEEP IT UP AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE SARNIES spottycow
  • Score: 0

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