You Never Know

Marty McGarry, has dreamt of winning the pools all his life his wife is forever the pessimist until one day it happens- Marty becomes the biggest ever winner in 1969. When the press find out the couple are hounded and flee to America. does money really bring happiness?


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When the meal arrived there was salad and fries with it and the burger was huge. Marty had to eat some of Pats fries because she was full.

After the meal they walked the streets of New York, looking in all the major department stores. They looked inside Gimbel’s, Macy’s, Loemann’s, and Lord and Taylor’s. Pat tried on a few dresses and shoes before they took a cab and drove around The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn before returning to the guest house. They were both footsore and wary. They both had a shower before going to bed.

The Jetlag was affecting both of them they were waking up in the middle of the night in the USA whilst in England it was morning.

The coffee they were drinking too kept them awake so they decided to buy some tea when they next went shopping.


Two days later Marty took his wife back to the Central Bank in New York. The money they had won had been put into the account. Marty drew five hundred dollars to tide them over so they decided to visit Canada whilst they were in America so they took the greyhound coach which took them to Niagara Falls. They both got on the maid of the mist and went under the falls at both the Horseshoe and Niagara. They then took a ferry to Toronto where they visited Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Massey Hall, and the Eglinton Theatre which was built in an art deco style.


They stayed the night in Toronto and dined in Harvey’s the top restaurant in Canada.

Pat nearly had a heart attack when she saw the bill at the end of the meal. The money spent would have lasted her a month in England but Marty said that the money was for spending and that they were a long time dead. They had brought a case with them with the few possessions they had so Marty ordered a cab to take them to the airport.

“Where are we going now?

Where do you fancy Pat?

“What about Bulgaria or Portugal I’ve always wanted to go there?

“Let’s see what time the fights are eh?

Marty looked up on the board there were flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Portugal that afternoon so Marty booked them flights to Albufeira.

“We have only an hour to wait Pat.” The plane will take us to Faro airport. I paid by cheque so we can keep some cash and change to Escudo’s when we arrive.

“I want to ring Claire before we leave; I have to explain why we are here.”

“Tell her not to tell anyone; because we don’t want the press chasing us again do we love?

“Alright I will tell her can I have some change so I can phone her then?

Marty gave her some coins from his pocket and she went to the phone to ring her sister.

“What’s going on said Claire; is it true has Marty won all that money?

“Yes, this is why we had to get away Claire; the press are chasing us.”


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