A New Tredegar woman was told she had won £1 million on EuroMillions just ten minutes after being given the all-clear from breast cancer.
Lynne Price, 55, had just finished reading a letter from saying she had the all-clear on her mammogram for four years in a row when husband David told her of the win.
David, 53, was coming towards the end of his 11-hour shift at British Airways in Pontllanfraith when he remembered he had two lucky dips on EuroMillions.
He checked the tickets on his mobile and found that one of the Millionaire Maker codes for the October 29 draw matched the winning combination.
David said that while the discovery left him “gobsmacked”, it paled into insignificance compared to Lynne’s good news.
Lynne, who runs the laundry in a residential care home for the elderly, said: “He came in and greeted me. He always comes through the patio doors with ‘Alright mush?’ That’s what he always calls me.
“Ten minutes before he came through the door, I had opened a letter saying I’d had the all-clear on my mammogram for four years in a row. I was so chuffed but put it on the unit, got on with making dinner and then he came in with this news.
“I was gobsmacked. And I can usually talk for Wales. I stared at the wall for a while and then got in the bath for two hours.
“He came knocking to see if I was okay and I remembered to tell him about the letter. Only the day before I had mentioned to him that I still hadn’t heard back from them and he said to leave it a couple of days then ring the hospital. The letter had totally gone out of my mind with his news – I honestly thought he was winding me up.
“David lost his mother to breast cancer the year before I was diagnosed and I was diagnosed at around the same time as my own mother. He found it really hard – I just seemed to get on with it – but this was such a lucky day for us.”
David will use part of the prize money towards a trip to Mount Everest Base Camp next year and will also take Lynne on a dream trip to China.
The couple are not the only lottery winners in the family however. David’s sister Judith was a member of a syndicate from Cardiff’s Freeman Cigar factory which won back in the 1990s.
He is also distantly related to Ade Goodchild, who won earlier this year.
The pair celebrated with their three children, who are 24, 26 and 32, and their families at the pub where his son is a chef. Both returned to work just days later and are planning on taking their time to consider their options.
David bought his winning ticket at Bal’s Best-One Convenience Store in New Tredegar.