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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Pat got her reading glasses then sat down to check the coupon.

Like Marty she checked them twice.

“Marty you’ve won! You bloody beauty she got out of her chair and kissed him.”

“How much have we won Marty; “Will we be able to go to Majorca?

“The Jackpot is £750,000 pounds.

Give me the coupon I’m going to have to ring them now.

“Hold on until I get my coat love I’m coming with you.”

Marty put on his jacket and they hurried up to the red phone box on Front Street.

Marty stuck a tanner onto the slot, dialled the number on the coupon, and then waited before pushing the coin in.

The young lady on the other end asked what his name was and asked him to read out the draws he had on the coupon.

After Marty had done it she confirmed that he had the winning coupon and that he was the only claimant.

“How much is the win worth Miss?

“Once your coupon is validated it will be worth £750,000 pounds”

Please come to our offices in Glasgow as soon as possible. Keep the coupon in a safe place because without it the claim is invalid.

Marty paid a friend from the Chirton Club £20.00 to drive them to Glasgow the two hour journey seemed to take forever but eventually they walked into the offices.

They were met by Mr Dave Cox the general manager of Littlewoods Pools.

“Mr and Mrs McGarry I’m pleased to meet you. Please come with me.”

They followed the man in the grey suit to a private room where Marty’s coupon was checked. What followed blew them away. The press came and started taking photos bottles of champagne were opened this other man brought in a huge cardboard cheque with £782,256 printed on it. Marty and his wife were given champagne and were asked to hold the cheque. This was the largest amount of money ever paid out to a single winner in 1959. Marty and pat were asked to kiss as the press clicked away with their cameras.

“How do you both feel now that you are now wealthy people?

“I’m over the moon said Pat; Marty was unable to speak and just smiled for the cameras.

Pat went on to tell them about how her husband had been doing the pools for over twenty years; she said that she had told him he would never win. “Now I would tell everyone to fill in a coupon.”

“This is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to us; I cannot describe the feelings I’m having right now.”

How long have you and your husband been married?

“We have been together thirty years now.”

“Do you have any children Mrs McGary?


“Can I ask you why that is?

“No you may not.”


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