University of Hull graduate scoops £100k on National Lottery scratchcard
A PART-TIME waiter is celebrating winning £100,000 on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Ying Kit Woo bought the lucky ticket on an afternoon break from his job at the New World Restaurant in Holderness Road, east Hull.
Ying said: "I had a few hours off work so I thought I would spend my winnings from the previous day by trying my luck once more.
"The first four cards I played revealed nothing and then I scratched the last one, I couldn't believe it – I had won the top prize.
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"I was shocked and speechless. I had my mouth wide open and I had to get a work colleague to check the amount three times for me – she was screaming in excitement."
Ying bought the winning scratchcard from Braim Newsagents on Monday.
The lucky National Lottery scratchcard was one of five he got using £5 prize money he had picked up the day before when he bought a winning National Lottery 100 Grand Scratchcard.
Ying, 28, originally from Hong Kong, has spent the past five years studying at the University of Hull.
Since graduating in January with an MSc in advertising and marketing, his plan has been to find a job in the marketing and advertising industry.
But the tough economic climate has meant it has been hard to find work.
Ying said: "I love living in Hull and England is my second home but graduating at such a difficult time has made it tough to find a job.
"Winning this money means that I now have the chance to start up my own business.
"It's the one thing that is really important to me, whether it's a shop, café or whatever, it's a fantastic opportunity and I feel really blessed."
Ying's family live in Hong Kong and he has already called his mum to tell her the good news.
At first, she misunderstood and thought he had won 100,000 Hong Kong Dollars, the equivalent of £10,000.
Ying plans to pay for airline tickets for his parents to travel to England – it will be his dad's first trip and his mum's second time in the UK, having visited for his graduation in January.
Ying has also just got his provisional driving licence so the money will help him to pay for driving lessons and buy his first car.