A former limousine driver celebrated his birthday in style after winning a five figure lottery prize.
Patrick Cuddihy, of Rossendale Road, St Annes, was told of his surprise present the day before his 51st birthday after receiving a phone call from the People’s Postcode Lottery to inform him he’d won a whopping £10,000.
But Mr Cuddihy admits he thought he was the victim of a birthday prank at first.
He said: “When they rang me they asked if they knew it was my birthday the day after.
“I thought that someone was just taking the micky so I was playing along.
“I had a lot of friends and family coming over for my birthday and they like a laugh so it’s the kind of thing they would do.”
Through his former limo driving role, Patrick has previously starred in two Channel Four reality shows, Four in a Bed and Out on a Limo.
He now works for the Rideability Blackpool charity, where he drives adapted minibuses suitable for wheelchair users.
Patrick, who is originally from Ireland, is also a volunteer driver for the transplant service.
He already has some big plans for how he will spend his winnings too.
He said: “I’m going to upgrade my car and take my family on holiday to Majorca.
“My family and friends came out and they were celebrating as well, it was brilliant.”
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People’s Postcode Lottery street prize presenter and ambassador Judie McCourt said: “It was wonderful to meet Patrick and we made sure he was given the full celebrity treatment when we delivered his cheque.
“He was convinced that his friends were playing a gag on him so it was lovely to be the one to tell him that he really was a winner.”
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