THIS lottery winner believes a piece of "lucky" black coal brought him his whopping £1million win.
John Edmond from Edinburgh was given a lucky piece of coal by his grandad – which changed his life forever.
John, his wife Amanda and their two daughters were delighted with the win, and praised the lucky black coal for altering the family's fortune.
John said after his big win: “My grandad used to have a piece of coal he said was lucky – he used it as a paper weight for his lottery tickets before he passed away. He gave it to me and said it might bring me luck, which it did!”
The Edinburgh roofer, who scooped up his prize back in 2015,said he arranged the “trip of a lifetime” to the Maldives for his family.
John won the huge sum as well as the dream holiday in the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw.
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John said at the time: “This is absolutely life changing for us and neither Amanda nor I slept a wink on Saturday night when we realised we had won the money and the holiday.”
“Going to somewhere like the Maldives could only have been a dream ambition up to now, but this allows us to give ourselves and our two girls the trip of a lifetime and we will try and get it all arranged soon.”
What's more, the win allowed the family to move to a larger home and upgrade their car.
John revealed: “We can move out of our current two-bedroomed house, where the girls share a room, into one where they will each have their own bedroom and that again was only an ambition until now.
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"We will also be looking to upgrade our old 10-plate Nissan Qashqai now we have the means to do so.”
John has worked as a roofer since he was 16 and planned to carry on working – although he said his wife Amanda was likely to give up her job as a therapist.
John said: “Working is all I have ever really known and we are really busy just now, so I am hoping to carry on working at least until we get our heads around everything that has happened.
"The boss has been great to me over the years and I want to pay them back for that by staying on and working – here’s hoping he will let me have time off for the holiday though!”
John explained he played the National Lottery regularly, but got his days mixed up and was too late for the Wednesday draw – so while he was in the shop on a Thursday, he bought a EuroMillions ticket for Mega Friday instead.
The rest is history…
It comes as National Lottery revealed that over half of their winners believed they received a "sign" before they won.
While over a fifth (22%) of millionaires believe their fortune was all down to a "lucky charm".
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Last year, Ian Black from Carlisle won big after he was nearly diverted from his usual routine on his way home from work due to road works.
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Something made him continue and, as he was buying his paper, a National Lottery Scratchcard caught his eye – a decision which led to a £2M win.
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