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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“Why do you not want to discuss it Mrs McGarry?


Pat began crying and Marty looked over and saw his wife upset he marched over and led his wife away from the press.

The chief executive of Littlewoods cleared the press and approached the couple.

“This is something you are going to have to get used to.

“You will be bombarded by begging letters from numerous charities. You can choose to ignore them or send them money my advice to you is to ignore them. The press will follow you around for a while because you are Britains biggest ever pools winner but after a month or so they will move on.”

“A month or so of being followed everywhere I go?

“I’m afraid so; and your wife too.”

“This is all about publicity for Littlewoods Pools isn’t it?

“Had I known this, I would never have let them take photos of my wife and I.”

“They would have found out any way Marty said Pat; because Littlewoods pools would have leaked our address. They want all this because it’s great PR for them.

“I can only advise you on this Mr and Mrs McGarry. My advice is to give them a story then they will go away and leave you alone.”

“Look; just tell us when the money will go into my account?

“Three days after you give me you account details; I will authorise a cash sum of two hundred pounds so that you can celebrate with friends and family.

“Thank you.”

“Don’t thank me it’s your money.”

They both waited until the chief executive returned and gave him the cash in twenty pound notes.

“Good luck with the money and be careful how you spend it.”

They shook his hand then left the building to find the press waiting outside. They both hurried to Martin Shaw’s car that whisked them away.

They told Martin all about why they were visiting the pools office.

“Wow! You are nearly millionaires.

“If we didn’t touch the money for a year then we would be said Marty.”

“You know what I would do Marty?

“What mate?

“I would bugger off abroad for a few weeks; then when you come back you will be more prepared to deal with everything.”

“I am going to see Steve my boss and tell him that from today I’m officially retired.

“I will drop you off if you like.”

“Cheers Martin.”


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