£1m Lottery Winners Thank Shopper For Letting Them Jump Queue To Buy Lucky Ticket
What's the first thing you would do if you checked that lucky ticket and realised you'd won £1,000,000 ($1.3m)? Probably start thinking of what you could buy and how quickly those zeros would appear in your bank account.
But one guy has the generous woman from his local store to thank before he does anything else.
Plasterer, Arron Walshaw, 32, and his fianceé, Ceri Hall, 23, are £1m richer and it's all down to the stranger in front of him after she noticed that he was in a rush to get his ticket before the draw closed.
With just two minutes to go on July 11, Arron from Ossett, West Yorks, popped into the shop and approached the cashier at the same time as another customer.
She kindly let him go before her and Arron has been counting stars ever since. Who can blame him?
Arron told The Mirror: "She must have seen that I was in a rush because she insisted I went before her. What a stroke of luck that turned out to be.
"I don't think I would have been in time to buy my ticket if she hadn't let me go first. We would love to meet her again and say thank you for changing our lives"
Possibly even weirder is the fact that the fortunate couple were using a free Lucky Dip from the previous draw.
And on top of that, after receiving the winning ticket, the couple went home completely unaware they'd hit the jackpot and started counting spare pennies.
Ceri explained: "We were chuffed when we worked out we had over £50 ($65) in pennies. That was going to be used to go camping. But that was all blown out of the water when we later checked our ticket."
The following day Arron and Ceri were going about their usual routine, absolutely clueless that they had scooped a seven-digit sum of money.
Arron said: "I had been carrying our ticket all day, unaware I was holding onto a million pounds. It was only when I got home from work that I decided to check it using The National Lottery app.
"I just couldn't understand what I was seeing when it said I had won a million pounds. I showed Ceri and we just couldn't believe it. We danced around the room thinking about what this money will do for us."
Arron, who is self-employed, has no plans to hang up his plastering tools any time yet but does want to reduce his hours.
He added: "I love my job and while I don't want to quit just yet, this win will allow me to work the hours I want to and be more flexible with my workload.
"That said, I think any spare time will be taken up with other things. We've got a wedding to plan and I want to make it the wedding of Ceri's dreams."
Ceri said: "This is just life changing for both of us. We'll be able to do so much that we could never afford to do. I can't wait to see what the next year will bring us."
As well as putting money towards their wedding, the couple are also hoping to buy their first home and a brand new car.
Congrats guys, you treat yourselves.
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