- John and Allison McDonald won a whopping £2 million (R38 million) in the lottery.
- Three days after hitting the jackpot, they were informed that their 15-year-old son was free from cancer
- The couple have described how both events changed their lives forever, especially knowing that their son was totally cancer-free
John and Allison McDonald won £2 million (R38 million) in the national lottery, but what makes their story truly special is what followed.
Daily Mail reports that the news came just a few days before the family found out that their 15-year-old son was free of cancer.
Mrs McDonald said the news about their son was an “incredible moment” for them, and better than the money they won.
“Despite winning the lottery we knew that call was coming that would tell us of Ewan's progress.
“When we heard his scan was all clear it was the most incredible moment. It was better than winning the money, Ewan comes first for us,” she said.
Describing the winning moment, John, the father and a factory security officer, said that he had finished his routine patrols and remembered that he still had not checked his ticket.
“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 Allisoat who was in the dentist at the time,” he said.
His wife also spoke about how she had to leave her job as an optician so she could be with their son every day as he went through chemotherapy.
After their win, the family did not rush into spending the new money, they stuck to their original Christmas shopping list.
The operators of the lottery said that the family won the money on 18 December, adding that their story was a good way for them to begin 2020.
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