A Dover ferry worker crossed the winning line when he netted the jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Superdraw.
P&O Ferries engineer Denis Harper, from Hythe, joined the life-saving charity’s lottery two years ago after a canvasser called at his home.
His lucky numbers based on family birthdays, 2, 16, 21 and 27, came up in last Wednesday’s midweek draw and landed him a cool £18,058.
On Friday (August 31st), the father-of-two visited the helicopter base at Marden with son Joe to collect his cheque.
He said: “I’ve worked on the cross channel ferries for more than 27 years and this win will go towards my pension pot.
“My wife and I haven’t really thought about what to spend the money on but we’ll probably use it when we retire.
“When I got the call to say I’d won I thought it would be a couple of hundred pounds, I didn’t realise it would be as much as it was.”
The charity’s regular lottery costs just £1 a week with 12 weekly winners of amounts ranging from £25 to £1,000.
For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount. To join the fundraising lottery, call 01622 833833.