Lotto winner Alun Jones’ pals think he’s roar-some after he bought them tickets to see the British and Irish Lions in Australia.
The 27-year-old scooped £1,135,578 in January
and has already paid off his parents’ mortgage, splashed out on a Jaguar XF and helped his sister and new hubbie get a foot on the financial ladder.
Now he, Paul Duggan and Johnny Rogers are flying to Oz to see how the Welsh-dominated Lions do.
The retired health and safety administrator said: “I’m hoping the first two games will lead to a one-all situation, so that when we get to Sydney that will be the big match.
“That’s what I would like.”
The friends are going to watch the final two of the three tests against the Wallabies.
They are at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and at Sydney’s ANZ stadium – the stage for the 2000 Olympic Games.
“It’s always good to go out and have a couple of drinks when the Six Nations is on in Cardiff.
“There it is Wales against England or whoever.
“I’ve never experienced it where everyone is together as one. It’ll be weird meeting up with someone from, say, Glasgow and all supporting together.
“We have always wanted to do the tour.”
Alun persuaded pals Down Under to pick up tickets for him after they sold out here.
“As soon as I realised we could get tickets I thought, ‘Well, just buy them.’”
The trip is costing the tourists just over £2,000 apiece.
They are flying out on Wednesday, June 26, and returning on Monday, July 8.
“In 20 years’ time we’ll remember it and say, ‘Remember when we did the Lions tour,’” said Alun, of Caerphilly.
Insurance claims handler Paul said: “We had always planned on saving up to be able to go out on the next Lions tour in 2017, so are really looking forward to this.”
The travellers are planning on taking in a “little beach therapy” when they visit Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
A National Lottery spokesman reminded players they could win £1m a month on today’s Euromillions Millionaire Raffle draw.
“Friday’s winner will still have time to book onto the Lions tour like Alun,” he said.