The wheels on his bus go pound and pound...

JUST THE TICKET: Lottery winner Kevin Halstead returns to the buses
JUST THE TICKET: Lottery winner Kevin Halstead returns to the buses

He could drive a Bentley, a Porsche, or even a Ferrari, but for one Lancashire millionaire, he feels more at home behind the wheel of a bus.

Down-to-earth Kevin Halstead, who scooped more than £2.3m on the Lotto last year, returned to the buses for the first time since his big win on Friday.

The 47-year-old plans to return to his job on the 152 Chorley route later this year on a casual basis, because he misses his pals. He said: “I do miss working on the buses. When you’ve been doing something for 17 years, and then you suddenly stop, it does seem strange.

“It’s the banter me and my mates had that I miss more than anything. We had some really good laughs. I will come back in a couple of months on a casual basis, if and when I want.”

Kevin was handing out new Lotto Plus Five tickets to passengers, as a new game was launched by the National Lottery, but admits he won’t be splashing his own cash.

He said: “My life has changed, but I haven’t changed a bit. I’m still careful with my money, and if I think something is a rip-off I won’t buy it. I do drive a Range Rover now, but I still have my old Renault Laguna.”

The dad-of-one still plays his winning numbers on the lottery every week, and his good luck is even rubbing off on his mum. He said: “About a month ago, my mum was checking her numbers and ended up matching five. If she had got one more, she would have won £10m, and then she could have lent me some. She ended up winning just over £2,500.”

He also carried on his winning ways on a cruise, where he played his lucky numbers on the roulette. He said: “I ended up winning £2,000. The woman sitting next to me said ‘you seem really lucky, you should play the lottery’. She didn’t believe I had, until I showed her a picture of me with my big cheque.”

Andy Stuart, who worked with Kevin at the Stagecoach bus depot on Eaves Lane, said: “Kevin is just a quiet guy who gets on with his job. He’s still as down to earth as he was before. But he did come in one day looking for some screws to fix his wheelbarrow. You’d think he could go and buy a new one now.”