A trucker quit his job minutes after he and his wife both won lottery prizes

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  • A truck driver and his wife both won lottery prizes in the UK.

  • The man said he quit his job within minutes of receiving the news.

  • He had worked as a truck driver for more than 40 years and said he felt it was time for a break.

A truck driver in the UK quit his job minutes after finding out he and his wife had both won the lottery.

Tony Hedley, 68, and his wife, Christine, both had winning tickets each worth £166,666, or about $210,000, in the People's Postcode Lottery, the BBC reported.

Hedley, from Newcastle, England, said he was in his truck when he received the call telling him he had won.

He said that minutes after receiving the news, he called his employer and told them: "I'm not coming in tomorrow, and this is my last shift."

The Independent quoted Hedley, who has driven a truck for 42 years, saying: "I got back to the base, I dropped the trailer off, and my manager said, 'You lucky sod,' shook my hand and wished me all the best."

"I've been working all my life, and I think it's time I had a break. When they revealed the envelope, it was just surreal," he added.

The couple said they planned to use their winnings to renovate their bathroom and garden and enjoy a vacation to Scotland.

They said they also intended to use the money to help their family, which includes two children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild who's soon to be born.

Christine Hedley, a 65-year-old teaching assistant, said it was surreal when lottery workers arrived with the winning ticket.

"I couldn't believe it. I just cried," she said. "It's still unbelievable; I wake up in the morning and think, 'Did I dream that?"

"It's lovely to know that we can just relax and live life for us now," she said, per the BBC.

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