STARSTRUCK Paul Turton has been sitting on a massive secret – he is Sheffield’s newest millionaire.
The tight-lipped amateur astronomer, 41, only told his parents after he won £1m on the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle and even kept it a secret from his colleagues at Waitrose supermarket last week.
He finally revealed how Christmas came early while celebrating with champagne at Whitley Hall Hotel near Grenoside yesterday.
Beaming Paul said: “I was tempted to say it to people but then I thought ‘I’ll keep it quiet for now, until I know what’s happening’.
“I’d be walking down the street or sat on a bus when a big smile would come across my face and I’d think ‘I’m a millionaire’.
“Mum and dad knew straight away but I only told my boss yesterday that I might be on TV, I thought I’d best explain why. She was really happy and couldn’t believe it.
“I think I’ll have this smile on my face for the rest of my life.”
Paul, who currently lives with his parents in Sheffield, plans to buy a detached house in a quiet part of the city with the winnings and has splashed out on a new telescope – although he still hopes to work at Waitrose part time as he loves his job selling electricals.
He will also make sure his family has an unforgettable Christmas.
He added: “I had Christmas sorted, all the presents had been bought and sent off, my parents had theirs.
“But now anything they want they can have. When I’ve told my sister in Australia and she’s got over the shock we can talk about it.
“She was going to come over in September, maybe now she can come a little earlier.”
A regular lottery player, Paul bought some extra tickets for the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle, which will make 50 people millionaires before Christmas.
He bought the winning ticket for November 25 from a GT News shop.
But he was left shellshocked and ‘numb’ when his numbers came up – repeatedly checking the results.
He added: “You just don’t think it is ever going to happen.
“I kept the ticket in my bedside drawer and checked it every night to make sure it was still there.
“It feels strange to be a millionaire, it doesn’t feel real at the moment. As soon as I see it all ready to spend it will be real.”
n A group of lottery winners have joined forces to bring Christmas presents to sick children.
The nine winners and their families boarded a customised Winter Wonderland bus to deliver presents to children with life-threatening diseases around the country, including Sheffield.