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Feline lucky: Couple scoop £1m after forgetting to buy cat food

Got the cream: Andrew and Paula Hancock, with their big cheque and ginger tom Shortcake PICTURE: JOE GIDDENS/PA

A COUPLE have thanked their cat after they won £1million on a Lotto scratchcard they only bought because they needed to pick him up some dinner.

Andrew and Paula Hancock had just got home from a long shift at their catering business when they realised they had nothing in for ginger tom Shortcake.

Mr Hancock, 46, dashed out in his wife’s car, intending to fill it up and buy cat food at the petrol station.

He forgot all about the grub — and the moggy ended up having ham that night. But while paying for the fuel he bought the £5 Monopoly Millionaire card. He couldn’t believe his luck when he scratched off the jackpot amount in the car.

‘If it wasn’t for Shortcake, we wouldn’t be millionaires,’ he said.

Their seven-figure Monopoly winnings may not be enough to buy a hotel on Park Lane.

But Mrs Hancock, 43, admitted she ‘couldn’t get off Rightmove’ for the first few days after the win.

When her husband came home shouting excitedly about the scratchcard, she asked him: ‘Let’s have a look?’ But he replied: ‘I know how a scratchcard works!’

The couple from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, who went public about their good fortune yesterday, have so far only bought a new phone for son Xavier.

But they plan to take the 12-year-old judo green-belt to see the Olympics in Japan next summer, and will splash out on a new car.

As for Shortcake, the felicitous feline has been promised a more luxurious daily menu in future.