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There's never a bad time to win money on the National Lottery, but there are definitely better times than others. That's something Chipping Norton-based couple David and Shelley Adams discovered to their delight when they won £1 million on the National Lottery, the day after 61-year-old David had lost his job as a wood machinist.
Redundancy was just one in a 'catalogue of difficulties' that David and his 52-year-old wife Shelley have had to endure recently, including David's sister-in-law dying from a heart attack in April, and his brother dying from coronavirus the month after.
"Many people would think the redundancy was the worst news," he said, "but in fact it's just the final straw in a catalogue of difficulties we have experienced.
"Just last year Shelley was diagnosed with MS and had to give up the job she loved as a community carer, putting a strain on our finances and heightening her clinical anxiety."
While the lottery win can't make up for the loss of their family, it does bring some much-need financial relief to the couple. By way of celebration, Shelley will leave the country for the first time and fly first class to Canada, where she'll visit friends and family that the couple have there.
David is planning to buy a Nissan Qashqai to replace his Ford Mondeo, and said that the win was 'beyond anything we could ever comprehend'.
He added: "It's been a really tough time but we stick together and try to keep smiling, whatever life has thrown at us.
"Never in our wildest dreams did we think the next thing thrown our way would be £1 million."
Shelley said: "We have friends and family in Canada who we thought we would only ever see online, certainly never in person.
"I've never even been on a plane or left the country before. It's crazy to think the first time I do it will be first class all the way!"
Well, they've certainly got good timing, to go with their million quid. Congratulations to the lucky couple!