Forgetting somebody’s birthday usually doesn’t end up well, but it certainly paid off for Murray McKenzie, who won a £215.000 Euromillions prize thanks to his bad memory.
Cab driver Murray McKenzie from Linton, Cambridgeshire has been using the same “lucky numbers” for some time now. As part of this lucky string that he chose two years ago, McKenzie picked the number 13 instead of 12, the date his son Thomas was born. After realizing his mistake he carried on with the same combination hoping it would bring him luck – and in the end it did.
“I always got my kids’ birthdays wrong – it’s a dad thing. I’m not usually forgetful but I am starting to have to write things down in my old age,” said the winner. “It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I had the wrong date for my son’s birthday; but with £215,228.30 now in the family coffers, I think he’s prepared to forgive me.”
Mr. McKenzie and his wife Pat are both close to retirement age, but plan to keep on working, although Murray said he will be doing fewer hours, but won’t give up his taxi job because he enjoys meeting new people. The couple added this win means a world to them, because they’ll get a chance to spend more time with the family.
“It’s going to give us so much freedom and peace of mind. With two children, four grandchildren and one more on the way, being able to work a little less and spend more time with them is going to be amazing,” said Mr. McKenzie.