Get All Access for $5/mo

'I Couldn't Believe It': Truck Driver Quits Job of 42 Years After He and Wife Each Win the Lottery The couple is based in Newcastle, England.

By Emily Rella

People's Postcode Lottery
Christine Hedley facetimes her husband Tom after finding out that they each won the lottery last Thursday.

A truck driver in England worked his final shift after 42 years on the job after discovering that both he and his wife held winning lottery tickets worth roughly $210,000 each.

Tom Hedley, 68, and his wife Christine Hedley, also 68, each won the People's Postcode Lottery based in the U.K. on Thursday, prompting Hedley to call into work and quit his job.

Related: Maryland Man Wins Lottery Jackpot 15 Times on 15 Tickets

"I've been working all my life, and I think it's time I had a break," Hedley told The Independent. "When they revealed the envelope, it was just surreal."

The People's Postcode Lottery is a subscription-based lottery system that raises money for different charities. The winners are rewarded in cash as subscribers are automatically entered in every day's drawings for around $13 per month.

According to the organization's website, the lottery system has raised over $1.29 billion for charitable causes over the years.

The Newcastle-based couple plan to use their winnings to vacation in Pitlochry, Scotland, and finish up home renovations. They also plan to put money aside to help their children and grandchildren.

"I couldn't believe it. I just cried," Christine said to BBC. "It's lovely to know that we can just relax and live life for us now."

The now-retired couple plans to "take things slowly" in the months ahead and settle into some much-needed rest.

Related: Man Wins $22M Lottery But Won't Tell His Children, Parents

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business News

Controversial Clothing Company Shein Quietly Files IPO in London

Shein is headquartered in Singapore, where it's been since 2021, though most of its operations, including factories, are in China.

Business News

Jack Dorsey Says It Will Soon Be 'Impossible to Tell' if Deepfakes Are Real: 'Like You're in a Simulation'

Dorsey said we will "not know what is real and what is fake" in the next five to 10 years.

Business News

Apple Is Working on Making Its $3,499 Vision Pro More Affordable — and Mainstream. Here's How.

Apple's product is at least three times more expensive than Meta's version.

Business News

50 Cent Once Sued Taco Bell for $4 Million. Here's How the Fast-Food Giant Got on the Rapper's Bad Side.

The brand suggested that 50 Cent change his name to match its "Why Pay More?" value menu promotion prices. The rapper was not amused.

Growing a Business

India is the Perfect Location for International Expansion. Here are 5 Things to Consider When Expanding to India

Entering the Indian market brought several discoveries about the business landscape there — some of them unexpected.

Thought Leaders

The 8 Taylor Swift Strategies Every Tech Leader Should Apply in 2024

From more progressive intellectual property management to breakthrough community engagement, here's what tech entrepreneurs can learn from Taylor Swift.