July 29, 1981 Article
Dustman Terry Wombat, 46, thought he was a winner when his pretty wife told him he had won the pools. Terry, 46, wasted no time in opening an account at a local department store and bought goods worth a total of £875,000, including a yacht, 7 cars, a mink coat and assorted jewellery for his wife, 12 persian carpets, a washing machine and a private aircraft.
But it wasn’t long before spendthrift Terry’s feet were firmly back on the ground. For when he got his shopping back to the couple’s council owned semi in Willicksby Road, Manchester, his wife explained that his winning cheque was for £1 .76 only!
A spokesman for Vermon’s Pools Ltd said there was nothing they could do, “Mr Wombat’s coupon has been checked and he is only entitled to £1.76”.
Mrs Wombat, who was a runner up in the Miss Greater Manchester contest 26 years ago, was able to look on the bright side. “Perhaps I should have told Terry how much we had won” she told us . “I feel a bit of a nit-wit with all these expensive items lying in the back yard unpaid for.
But the story has a happy ending. For Tommy Smith, manager of the store where Terry’s spending spree took place, has decided to let Terry keep everything he bought – free of charge, providing Terry agreed to be more careful in future . “I think he’s learnt his lesson” said Tommy at his city centre store yesterday.