AN ARMY veteran from Cowdenbeath was celebrating after receiving a gift of a lifetime on Valentine’s Day as he scooped a motorhome and cash prize worth a whopping £144,000.

Billy Allan was surprised with a new Hymer ML-T CrossOver worth £123,840 when BOTB’s Christian Williams turned up at his home to tell him he was a Dream Car Competition winner.

But the surprise didn’t end there, as Christian revealed to the 66-year-old that his prize also came with £20,000 in cash stashed in the vehicle.

Billy, who served in the army for 13 years, said: “It is absolutely surreal and the news has still not properly sunk in.

“The best thing I ever won was a bottle of red wine and I didn't even drink it!

“I was waiting for a parcel so that’s what I thought it was when the door went.

“Because it was Valentine's Day my wife was moaning that I had received a new motorhome and she only got some roses,” he joked.

William, who plays international lawn bowls for Scotland, is planning to travel the North Coast 500 in his new vehicle - a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.

He added: “We have done bits of the North Coast 500, but to do the full thing in this motorhome would be amazing.”

Christian said: “It was lovely surprising William with such an amazing prize.

“I don’t know what his wife got him for Valentine's Day, but I think I probably beat it. It was probably the best parcel he has ever received as well!”

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