A couple who won $2.
6 million (£2 million) lottery have said that the real celebration started three days later when their cancer-stricken was finally given an all-clear!
Allison and John McDonald scooped the grand prize on December 18 and only three days later, their teenage son was given an all-clear from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“It is just like all of our lifelong dreams came true in the space of three days. What a start to 2020,” John, a security officer, expressed.
“Everyone always dreams of winning the lottery at Christmas and talks about how amazing this would be. Allison and I never believed it would happen to us – and it has. Then to receive news that Ewan’s latest scans are all clear is just truly amazing.
“We are so thankful. 2020 is certainly looking like being one amazing year for the three of us.”
The 62-year-old father and 49-year-old mother have been helping their 15-year-old son through his disease since May when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system.
John was at work when he found out that he’d won the jackpot.
“I had finished my routine patrols and was sitting having a cup of tea when I remembered I had not checked my lottery ticket. I quickly realised I had matched two numbers and I thought great – this means I have won a Lucky Dip,” John shared.
“I then realised I had matched three numbers and I was absolutely over the moon – thinking we can do something nice this weekend as a family. But as I continued to check I realised I had matched all six – I was just in total shock.
“My legs were trembling as I called Camelot to check that what I was seeing was in fact right, I couldn’t believe it when the news was confirmed.
“I immediately called Allison, who was in the dentist at the time.”
Allison, a mother-of-three, said: “All sorts of thoughts rushed through my head. I just thought, ‘oh no, why is he calling me – something must be wrong – something terrible has happened – has something gone wrong with Ewan?’
“Never did I believe when I called him back he would be telling me we had won the Lotto Jackpot.”
Congratulations to this family!
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