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British man who saved policeman's life during lockdown wins the lottery

May 14, 2020, 9:08 am

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A British water quality worker who helped save the life of a policeman after he had a heart attack on the bus during lockdown is celebrating a £1 million (US$1.2 million) lottery win.

Anthony Canty, who has worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic and says he plans to continue his job, said he told the officer about his big win in the May 5 draw of the UK's EuroMillions add-on raffle drawing.

"He said 'good karma happens to good people'," the 33-year-old said.

Canty, who has two children, is an engineer maintaining the water quality for hospitals and care homes in central London.

On the bus home from Witham train station to Maldon one evening in April, a policeman who had also just finished his shift collapsed.

"We were just on our way home one evening, just talking and he just dropped down... in my lap," Canty said.

He said he rang the bell to stop the bus and gave the officer CPR with the help of the 999 operator and first aid training he had at work.

The officer was airlifted to hospital and spent five days in intensive care.

Canty said he stayed in touch with the officer's partner while he was in hospital and dropped off fruit and flowers, and kept in contact after he recovered.

"I phoned him on the win and he said 'good karma happens to good people'," he said.

Canty's partner Katie Sullivan, 32, said, "He said that Anthony's part of his family now... he's forever grateful as if it weren't for Anthony he wouldn't be here today. It's just amazing."

Sullivan, who has been with Canty for 12 years and is a full-time mother to their two daughters aged eight and five, said he initially thought he had won £100,000.

Canty rang his partner while he was on the train into work after he checked his ticket.

"I called Katie to tell her the good news but she wouldn't believe me and thought I was winding her up, so I gave her the numbers to check for herself," said Canty.

"I heard her log on and then she started screaming, and said 'You div, it's one million, we're millionaires, you have to come home!'"

He took the day off work while the news sank in and they celebrated with a bottle of Prosecco in the garden before sharing the news with friends and family.

Canty plans to continue in his job, which usually involves a commute by train in to London and taking the Tube, though in recent weeks he has been catching an earlier service so there is less contact with other people.

"I do know that I'm not giving up work, I like it and I'm proud of what we do so I'm definitely not giving that up," he said. "Although I will be taking some time off when it's safe to fly again so we can take the girls to Disneyland.

"We may think about moving to a new house in the future but our main priority is to invest the money wisely so that our girls will be financially secure."

Canty is the 100th high-tier National Lottery winner to be paid out since lockdown started, classed as a win of £50,000 or more.

He bought his winning EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker ticket at The Tolleyshop in Spital Road in Maldon.

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Guy wins and still is going to work - his main concern being his family's well being and children's financial future!

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Congrats to the winner and great job being a good guy.

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    Canty did good & good things come to those who wait, they say! I looked up the word " div" and apparently in the UK it means " idiot", some idiot huh?  Both Anthony & Katie make a good looking couple.

    * Hmmm, l wonder what our Kate looks like?

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    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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      Thats no applesauce.

      Sometimes you do the right thing just because it’s right.

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        It's nice when a young person with children wins. I hope they can make it last.

        ... Sooper dooper top seekrit winning numbers: 5 16 17 24 33 52 ...

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          Good for him, great story. Cheers

          TurkeyHappy Thanksgiving.

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            Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

            A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

            Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

            Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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              I love Reading stories like this!!

              Fantastic, to say the least.

              Balance is Key

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                Lotteries doesn't care about karma. Whoever wins the lottery, wins the lottery, the rich and the poor, criminals and law abiding citizens.

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                  Lotteries doesn't care about karma. Whoever wins the lottery, wins the lottery, the rich and the poor, criminals and law abiding citizens.

                  Lotteries don't care about you losing, and winning isn't a cake walk either. l heard or read where simply showing up and presenting the lottery officials with the winning ticket, only starts the grilling process:

                  * Where did you purchase the ticket? What time were you at the store? Did you or someone else buy the ticket yada yada. They call it the " verification process." Whatever you do, don't be argumentative, telling them they asking too many questions, cause...that only sends up a red flag.Thumbs Down

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                  People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                    Lotteries don't care about you losing, and winning isn't a cake walk either. l heard or read where simply showing up and presenting the lottery officials with the winning ticket, only starts the grilling process:

                    * Where did you purchase the ticket? What time were you at the store? Did you or someone else buy the ticket yada yada. They call it the " verification process." Whatever you do, don't be argumentative, telling them they asking too many questions, cause...that only sends up a red flag.Thumbs Down

                    I was  thinking about the lottery drawing machines, not the lottery companies.

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                      I was  thinking about the lottery drawing machines, not the lottery companies.

                      I Was not  criticising MW. Look at my response as pouring more extra virgin oil on your salad. Btw- l love that stuff. On a side note: MM is proving to be a tough nut to crack, it's as though the jackpot is saying " The idea of reverting back to a $20mil jackpot start is insulting, l'll show the higher ups whose the 400lb gorilla out there." Climb baby, climb, we rooting for you.Cheers

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                        I love Reading stories like this!!

                        Fantastic, to say the least.

                        I Agree!

                         

                        Must be slipping, missed this feel good story til just now?    Good things happen to good people and so happy for all parties involved.