Tuesday 19 September 2017

'Lucky penny' lands £1.8m Lotto win

Sean Lloyd, 48, and his wife Melanie, who have scooped £1.8m on the Lotto by matching five numbers and the bonus ball
Sean Lloyd, 48, and his wife Melanie, who have scooped £1.8m on the Lotto by matching five numbers and the bonus ball

A bus driver has said finding a "lucky penny" led to a £1.8 million Lottery windfall.

Sean Lloyd, 48, from Ashton-under-Lyne, said he felt lucky after he picked up the shiny coin outside a shop in Oldham where he went on to buy his ticket.

The married father-of-four said he even rubbed the ticket with the penny for extra good fortune.

He has now handed in his notice at work following his success in Wednesday's Lotto quadruple rollover draw.

Mr Lloyd said: "I had just finished my shift on the bus and was going to get my lunch. I noticed a shiny penny on the floor outside the shop and I just felt lucky. I thought 'This is my lucky day - I am going to buy a lottery ticket'.

"I bought my ticket and actually rubbed the penny on the ticket - just to bring me some extra luck."

Later, he decided to check his numbers before he went to bed.

He said: " I got my iPad out and started to check my numbers. I saw I had five and I thought 'Amazing. I can now pay towards my daughter's wedding bill'.

"I then noticed I had the bonus ball too and I just screamed with excitement - I could not believe it! My wife had gone to bed - I ran upstairs to wake her and just shouted 'We are going out right now to celebrate' - I think she thought I had gone slightly mad.

"I called my son and I have to confess we did have a few celebratory drinks and ended up finally going to bed at 4am."

Mr Lloyd, a life-long Manchester United fan, said the following day he handed in his notice at work.

"I didn't hesitate," he said. "I am now looking forward to a wonderful life. I will be able to pay off the mortgage and all of my debts, and take my family on a dream holiday.

"Things like this just don't happen to people like me. I just cannot believe it. I have to keep pinching myself and telling myself this is really happening and Melanie (his wife) and I really have won the lottery."

Mr Lloyd has already bought his lottery ticket for this Wednesday and said that, coincidentally, he found a shiny 10p piece outside the shop as he went in to buy his ticket.

He said: "I am now convinced I am going to win again. If a shiny penny can bring me luck, a shiny 10p piece can too."

Mr Lloyd was one of eight ticketholders who each landed £1,804,955 with five of the six winning numbers 3, 4, 17, 24, 30 and 34 and the bonus ball, 36. No-one matched all six numbers in the draw.

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