A bus driver from Cheshire got his own ticket to ride after scooping a £6.1m Lotto Jackpot.

Kevin Jones, 57, broke his usual routine of buying lottery tickets from a Crewe superstore and purchased his winning ticket from a newsagent in the town.

Kevin, who works for D&G Buses, won with lucky dip numbers 1, 3, 28, 34, 37 and 46 from McColls in Hungerford Road, Crewe.

He has won £6,162,138.

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The Crewe resident discovered he had won the jackpot from the draw on May 18 while taking a break after just finishing his route from Crewe to Newcastle-under-Lyme on the 85 bus.

He said: “I called in at my local McColls store on Hungerford Road and bought my usual £2 lucky dip, took it home and left it under the mantle piece.

“I was unable to check it on Wednesday night because I had to work late, and on Thursday evening my wife Michele insisted I check the lottery. I went on my PC and put the draw history on, got my lotto ticket and checked the numbers.

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“I thought 'I've won the lottery' - it’s hard to believe. I ran from the computer room to the conservatory and told Michele 'I had won the lottery!' She asked if I 'had won the three number lucky dip' but I said: 'No I've won the jackpot!'"

“I looked at the prize breakdown and saw there was one winner of £6.1m. I looked at Michele and said 'we are multi-millionaires!' We’ve done it and the rest is history, what a feeling. It was absolutely brilliant.”

However, Kevin had an agonising wait until the next morning to receive confirmation of the win, because the Camelot lines were down.

He set off for work at 5.10am on Friday (May 20) and entrusted his wife, Michele, who is a teaching assistant at Sir William Stanier Academy, to guard the ticket and call once the lines re-opened.

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He said: “I knew a lot of people relied on that bus to get to work, certainly at that time of the morning. I knew I had won the lottery, I had no doubts whatsoever, but I thought even so I’m just going to go about my daily business.

“So I went to work and I instructed Michelle to call. At this time I was at Newcastle-under-Lyme bus station. I had a 10 minute sit down, which is convenient because it’s not the sort of news I would have liked to have got when I was driving.

Kevin called his boss to break the news that his matching numbers had won, and to tell him he wasn't in the right frame of mind to carry on with his work commitments that day.

But a passenger overheard the conversation and within two minutes the entire bus was congratulating him!

Kevin said: “I tried to say it as discreetly as possible but somebody on the bus overheard. A passenger checked on their mobile phone and said I’d won £6.1m and I said 'yes I know'. They said 'I’ve never been driven by a millionaire before.'"

He added: "I told Mike and he told me to get back to Crewe. We’ll get somebody to replace you and if necessary I’ll drive the bus myself!”

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Fortunes have turned around for the family after a double break-in over the space of a weekend at their former home in Spain forced them to flee back to England and start all over again. He had to work 12-hour shifts just to make ends meet.

Kevin’s first purchase was a pair of Everton Football Club season tickets for him and his son, Andrew, who are life-long fans, which cost £1,100.

The former Monks Coppenhall pupil says he has passed his last bus stop and has plans to retire to spend more time with his family.

D&G depot manager Michael Dunn, who is Kevin’s boss, said: "It could not have gone to a better person. He has been with us for six months and will be a huge loss to the company."

The family have had an offer on a house accepted. Kevin also plans to quit his job.

“I am certainly not going to be extravagant, I have already put on offer on a home, which is my dream home, it’s modest certainly considering the amount of money that I’ve won. It’s somewhere I want to be and want to be proud to be for the rest of my days,” added Kevin.

Mr Jones said: "Several years ago we had nothing. We were living in Spain and suffered two break-ins over one weekend and lost everything. Michele was so frightened we just drove back to England straight away and had to start all over again.

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"This all just doesn't seem real. I cannot believe we have had this luck and won this incredible amount of money."

Friends and well-wishers have taken to social media to congratulate the couple.

One congratulated Michelle saying: "Well done to to my old teaching assistant at school and her husband, very deserved, an amazing woman who changed my life has now had hers changed."

Another added: "Couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Am really pleased for her."