A 27-year-old Glasgow man strangled his son’s pet hamster after discovering that he’d only won 3 pounds on the National Lottery’s Thunderball draw last week.
Toby McDell, a pattern-maker from Maryhill, flew into a rage after a congratulatory email from The National Lottery ended in deep disappointment.
Mr. Dell told our reporter: “I was so excited when I received the email and immediately logged on to the site to discover how much I’d won.
“I was planning to buy a new house and a flash car for the wife and myself, and a small flat in Knightsbridge for the girlfriend.
“When I realised I’d only won 3 quid, I was furious. I went steaming into my son’s bedroom and strangled his hamster. I was that upset.
“Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, I feel sorry for what I did and have promised to get him a new one at the weekend and he seems ok with that.”
A spokesman for The National Lottery told us last night: “This sort of thing happens all the time. We once had a woman who booted her daughter’s rabbit out of the window of a top floor flat in a tower block after she’d discovered that she’d only won a tenner on The Lotto Saturday draw.”
If you’ve ever offed a small mammal in a fit of pique, send us your details and we’ll grass you up to the RSPCA.