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‘Del Boy moment’ as Publicans scoop £355Thousand

A pub landlord and landlady from Aberdare will splurge on a cruise to America thanks to winning £355,683.80 on EuroMillions.

Cruising here on out

David, 62 and Penny, 59, Bradley have worked in the pub industry for more than 30 years, and currently manage The Bute Arms in Aberdare. However, the couple won’t give up their beloved pub just yet, instead the two will enjoy their winnings by taking more holidays. First up will be a fun-filled cruise and holiday for Penny's 60th birthday that will take them around the United States, to Boston, New York, Orlando, Miami and Las Vegas.

Del Boy moment

David said, "I had a ‘Del Boy moment’ in the car when I realised I’d won and celebrated at the wheel. The money will help us have a more comfortable retirement when we do finally hang up the aprons, but for now we will continue doing what we love and enjoy a few holidays while we're at it."

Penny added, "When David came back to the pub he said he wanted to talk to me in the cellar. He told me we had won the lottery and when he told me how much I just couldn't believe it. I was in shock and couldn't move. The girls at the pub had to sit me down because I went white.

"We already had a holiday booked this October for my 60th birthday, but with this win we can enjoy it that much more. Vegas is one of the stops, so winning on EuroMillions means we can have a bit more fun, and maybe even book to see Rod Stewart in concert."

Lady Luck

The Bradleys have been playing the lottery for as long as they can remember and David got their winning ticket at Aberdare Post Office, around the corner from The Bute Arms.

Prior to working at The Bute Arms, the Bradleys worked at the Victoria Park in Canton, Cardiff, for eight years until fate brought them to Aberdare in December 2016. Penny explained that if it wasn't for this turn of events, the couple would still be buying their tickets in Cardiff.

"We were really sad to say goodbye to our great team and loyal customers in Cardiff. However, if we hadn’t come to Aberdare, we never would have bought our lucky ticket, so I guess Lady Luck looked down on us and it was fate that made it all happen."

Charitable couple

As well as being Publicans, David and Penny are keen fundraisers and regularly hold charitable events to raise money for a number of different causes, including fundraising to buy defibrillators for the community.

"Fundraising and donating to charity is a big passion of ours as we think it is so important to help worthy causes and give back to the community. Just recently, our quiz master's sister fell ill and was taken to Prince Charles Hospital. We wanted to show our appreciation to him and the hospital and managed to raise more than £560 in three days to help buy fans for the wards,” Penny said.

"All the work we have done for different charities has been very gratifying, and part of me feels that winning on the EuroMillions is reward for the work we have done."

24th July 2018

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