Watch as Brighton NHS worker discovers £100,000 competition win: “I just can’t believe it”
A pharmacist from Brighton who has worked throughout the pandemic and is now vaccinating people against coronavirus had the surprise of a lifetime after scooping a prize worth just shy of £100,000.
Danny Bartlett, 31, won a top-of-the-range Mini plus £70,000 when he played in the online competitions company BOTB’s weekly dream car competition.
“I just can’t believe it,” he said, almost shaking in disbelief. “This is crazy!”
Danny, who’s worked for the NHS for seven years, found out he had won the £27,000 Mini when BOTB presenter Christian Williams ambushed him at his flat on the seafront.
“I was working from home and in-between patient calls when the doorbell went,” he explained.
“I went down to the front door to see Christian standing there - I just couldn’t believe it!
“I knew exactly who he was as soon as I saw him, I’ve played BOTB for years and always watch the winners’ videos.”
Danny, who paid just £2 for his ticket to enter the competition, said he played for the Mini JCW because he just loves them.
“I’ve got an old Mini Cooper at the moment so this will make a nice upgrade,” he explained.
“They’re my favourite cars, they look fantastic but are well made too.”
The Mini JCW Danny played for boasts 228bhp with a racy exterior and digital dashboard.
But the surprise wasn’t finished there as Christian opened the boot where £70,000 in cash was waiting for Danny.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Danny said in complete shock. “I forgot about that part of the competition.”
He said he’d put the money towards a house with his girlfriend, Hannah, who is a teacher and has also worked throughout the pandemic.
“It’s a life changing amount of money for us,” he added.
“As well as the house deposit, I’ll definitely be treating Hannah to a nice holiday.
“We’ve both worked throughout the whole of the pandemic and it’s not been easy so I think we deserve some sun! Thank you so much BOTB!”
BOTB hands over the keys to two stunning cars each week as well as a lifestyle prize.
Other recent winners have bagged a quad bike, a holiday to Las Vegas and a gaming tech bundle.
The company, listed on the stock market, was founded by William Hindmarch in 1999 and has given away more than £37m-worth of cars so far.
Christian Willians, who surprises the BOTB winners each week, said: “There’s nothing like seeing someone’s face when they realise what’s happening and Danny’s reaction was no different after he saw me standing there.
“He’s played for a fantastic prize and I’m so excited for him. Massive congratulations again Danny!”