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Luke Pittard
Luke Pittard admits he got bored staying at home
A man who scooped £1.3m on the National Lottery nearly two years ago has gone back to work at McDonald's - because he missed his workmates.

Luke Pittard, 25, of Pengam Green, earns £5.85 an hour at the fast food restaurant in Pontprennau, Cardiff.

He and then fiancée Emma Cox, 29, were both working at the branch when they hit the jackpot in July, 2006.

Mr Pittard said his colleagues think he is a "bit mad" but his boss said it is like he has "never been away".

The couple hung up their uniforms and settled down with daughter Chloe, three, when their winning numbers came up.

They bought a £230,000 home and paid for an expensive wedding and a holiday in the Canaries.

Luke and Emma Pittard
To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do
Luke Pittard

But 21 months later, the novelty of being a Lotto millionaire has worn off and Mr Pittard has got his old job back as a staff trainer.

He is now up at the crack of dawn five days a week to get to work for the early shift.

He said: "There are so many familiar faces that it was like coming back to a group of old friends.

"Lots of my old McDonald's workmates came back to our wedding and I had kept in touch with them all that time, so I just thought: 'Why not go back?'.

"To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do. I'm only young and a bit of hard work never did anyone any harm."

The Pittards earn more in interest on their winnings each week than he brings home in pay.

Good friends

But his wife has backed her husband's decision to carry on working.

"I totally understand it," said Mrs Pittard. "We both really enjoyed working at McDonald's and still have good friends there.

"So it was really familiar for him and something for him to look forward to."

Fast food manager Katherine Jones said: "Luke was a great member of our team and when he won the lottery we were all so pleased for him.

"I'm glad he has had the time to enjoy his winnings but love having him here - it's as if he never went away."

The couple have also delayed their honeymoon until goalkeeper Mr Pittard's local football team finishes their season.

He said: "I must be the luckiest man alive - not only did I win a fortune but my wife understands the importance of football and now I've got my old job back."

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