PERHAPS there was something in the stars to suggest that amateur astronomer Paul Turton was about to become Sheffield’s newest millionaire.
This week he was celebrating a £1m win on the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle, which he described as “a lovely surprise ahead of Christmas”.
Paul, aged 41, kept it a secret from his colleagues at Waitrose supermarket until the champagne cork was popped at Whitley Hall Hotel near Grenoside on Monday.
“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 and a plasma TV and has splashed out on a telescope. “It’s only a small one but I may upsize when I buy my new place.”
However, he still hopes to work at Wait- rose part time as he loves his job selling electrical equipment.
He added: “I’ve been playing the National Lottery since it began and I usually have a couple of Lotto lines, but very occasionally play EuroMillions.
“I finished work and bought a couple of tickets and then something spurred me on to go back and buy a couple more.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw my raffle number come up. I kept saying to myself “I think I’ve won, I think I’ve won”, but it was only after I had double checked a couple of sources and told my mum that I thought I best phone Camelot.
“It has felt like a bit of a fantasy until now, but the news has finally sunk in. It’s a lovely surprise ahead of Christmas. The win means that I won’t have to worry about anything any more, and my parents and I can be secure.”
Paul, who is also a keen photographer, hopes that his win will mean that he will be able to spend more time in Melbourne, Australia, where his older sister and niece live.
“She was going to come over in September, maybe now she can a little earlier.”
The lucky ticket was bought from GT News in Sheffield.