Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lottery Winner Almost Didn't Buy [Pounds Sterling]2m Ticket; QUEUE PUT HIM OFF ... THEN HE SAW IT WAS RAINING OUTSIDE AND DECIDED TO WAIT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lottery Winner Almost Didn't Buy [Pounds Sterling]2m Ticket; QUEUE PUT HIM OFF ... THEN HE SAW IT WAS RAINING OUTSIDE AND DECIDED TO WAIT

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Byline: NIGEL ROSSER

A MAN who said he only bothered to stay and queue for a ticket because it was raining outside has become the 1,700th National Lottery millionaire.

Robotics engineer John Ellis, 48, was almost put off by a long queue to buy a ticket for the Saturday, 16 October draw at his local Morrisons supermarket in Redcar, Cleveland.

But when he saw it was raining, he "made one of the best decisions of my life" and decided to wait and bought the lucky dip ticket which saw him and 45-year-old wife Sue win [pounds sterling]2,069,730.

At a news conference in Albert Park, Middlesbrough, today, he said: "The queue was right out of the door and I thought 'forget it, I'll get one when I get home'." He added: "We must be blessed."

The couple went for a walk on the beach to take in their win before heading to a pub for a calming drink. …

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