A broken down bus result in one lucky woman winning £1 million • 14.07.16
Usually when public transport breaks down there is a collective sigh from the passengers and everyone grumbles. But one Belfast woman who has always told herself that ‘every misfortune is a blessing’ used it as an opportunity to buy a EuroMillions tickets that turned out to be worth £1 million.
Helena Panford was traveling to work when her bus broke down. Whilst she waited for the next bus she decided to pop into a nearby shop and bought the ticket that would win her a life-changing amount.
Of course when the bus broke down Helena said she “rolled her eyes at the misfortune” but told herself “every misfortune is a blessing”. Her initial thought was that she was going to be late for work, not that she’d win £1 million.
It wasn’t until the next day that she decided to check her ticket and discovered that she had matched the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker code that makes guaranteed millionaires.
Helena couldn’t quite believe her luck and the next day took her ticket back to the shop she had bought it from. She said, “the lady working in the shop checked my ticket for me and the first thing I noticed was the shocked look of joy on her face. She looked at me and screamed, ‘you’ve won £1 million’ and I immediately dropped to my knees from shock and started to cry.”
Helena’s had always thought she’d win big on the lottery and use it as an opportunity to help her family in Ghana. This size win will be able to help her family more than she ever imagined.
“When I dreamed of winning, I had an amount of £5k in my head so winning this huge amount of money means that I can now help my family and, in particular, fulfil a dream that my daughter has of coming to Northern Ireland to study for her PhD.”
Helena is also planning to treat herself too; she’s hoping to buy a house and a car once she passes her driving test.
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