Let's be clear: it's nice to be nice. We absolutely shouldn't do a good deed in the hopes of gaining anything for ourselves. Having said that... the idea of some sort of karmic payback is pretty cool, isn't it? The thought that the universe might somehow reward you for being a decent person.
I'm not convinced it exists, to be honest, because I'm bloody lovely all the time and I'm still not living in a mansion, nor do I own a yacht.
However, Colin Banks, from Scotland, had some almost-instant karma, when he handed in £30 ($42) he found at an ATM and then won almost £50,000 ($67,376) from a £1.50 ($2) bet, the Daily Record reports.
Colin showing off his wonderfully colourful Scottish wad. Credit: Daily Record
The jammy builder and dad-of-two went to withdraw some cash from the ATM at Asda in Motherwell when he noticed that whoever had used the machine before him had left £30. While some of us (OK, me) might consider pocketing the cash, honest Colin handed it in to a member of staff at the store.
Half an hour later, Colin learnt that he had won a long-shot £1.50 bet had netted him £49,077 ($66,129) - beating odds of 372,000-1.
He told the Daily Record: "They say honesty is the best policy, and it certainly was for me.
"I have a big family and I'm now going to make sure we all have a brilliant time this Christmas - the best we as a family have ever had."
Colin said he celebrated with 'more than one glass of wine' - I'll bet he fucking did - and has bought himself a second-hand Ford Focus.
He said that he's also going to be splashing on a trip to Mexico to attend his nephew's wedding.
And if you're wondering what became of the £30, you'll be pleased to know it ended up back in its owner's hands. Colin told the paper: "I was curious and went back into the supermarket on Sunday and the same member of staff I had handed the £30 to was on duty.
"She said the lad had been back in and was very grateful. I suppose one good turn deserves another."
Betfred, where Colin placed his bet, said the win was 'one of the biggest virtual horse racing wins' in the company's 50-year history. Nicely done.
Source: Daily Record