Thames Water customer Ike Nwufoh has won £10,000 – simply for paying his water bill by direct debit.
Mr Nwufoh, 38, from Dartford, collected the prize thanks to a national campaign organised by Bacs Payment Schemes, the company behind direct debit in the UK.
Anyone setting up a payment method using direct debit in 2016 had the opportunity to enter into one of two £10,000 draws and that’s just what he did.
“When we moved to Dartford about six months ago we decided to pay as many bills as possible using direct debit,” he said. “That way we know exactly what money is leaving our account each month and it makes budgeting much easier.”
With his two-year-old daughter Amelia and his wife Victoria, 28, Mr Nwufoh knows only too well how important it is to keep a close watch on family finances but he now intends to treat everyone to the holiday of a lifetime in Dubai.
“I was completely taken aback when I discovered that we had won £10,000,” he said. “It was a complete but wonderful surprise.”
Thames Water’s collections manager, Mark Chapman, was on hand to present Mr Nwufoh with his award. “Many congratulations to Ike and his family,” he said. “We hope they have a wonderful holiday.
“Thames Water has been a supporter of Bacs’ campaigns for the last few years as we understand that our customers want a simple, tried and tested payment method and direct debit offers this.
“Anything that makes our customers more aware of the benefits of paying this way has to be a good thing.”
You can register to pay your water bill by Direct Debit here.