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Bus driver Kevin Jones won £6.1million on the lottery - but still turned up for his 5.30 a.m. shift because he did not want let his passengers down.
Big-hearted Daily Mirror reader Kevin, 57, feared his regular commuters would be left waiting in vain at their stops if he did not turn in.
The dad-of-two said: “I had checked the ticket the night before and I was certain we had won.
"But I still wanted to go to work next day because so many people use my service to get to work.
“I did not want to let anyone down. I knew in my heart that we had won the jackpot but Michele had to confirm it with Camelot and she could not get through till 9 a.m.”
Kevin was sitting in the cab of his number 85 bus when he took the call.
He said: “I was sitting in the cab and passengers were getting on the bus. Michele rang me and said that Camelot had confirmed the win .
"I rang my boss and said I had had shocking news and it wasn’t really advisable for me to drive the bus.
“I said something major had happened which may affect my concentration.
"He thought it might be something to do with the family but I assured him and said, ‘No, actually I have won £6.1 million on the lottery.’
“Of course, at first he did not believe me.”
Kevin, from Crewe, Cheshire, was midway through his bus journey from his home town and Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs., when he received the life-changing news.
And he insisted on driving back to the depot to complete his route.
“One of the passengers overheard the conversation and ran down the bus to congratulate me.