CHRISTMAS has come early for Sheffield’s newest millionaire Paul Turton after he scooped £1m on the lottery.
The 41-year-old budding astronomer plans to cut down his hours selling electricals at Waitrose in the city centre and buy a house - as well as treating family and buying a new telescope - after the lucky EuroMillions win.
Beaming Paul’s joy was revealed today as he sprayed champagne at Whitley Hall Hotel near Chapeltown to celebrate.
He said: “I think I’ll have this smile on my face for the rest of my life.
“It feels strange to be a millionaire, it doesn’t feel real at the moment.”
Paul won as part of the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle as one of 18 £1m winners.
See The Star tomorrow for the full story.
* A group of lottery winners have joined forces to bring Christmas presents to sick children at hospices around the country - including Sheffield.
The nine winners and their families boarded a customised Winter Wonderland bus to deliver presents to children with life-threatening diseases.
They started the tour of the UK at the Robin House Children’s Hospice in Balloch near Glasgow, bringing computer consoles and games, hair straighteners, CDs and glossy magazines, as well as food hampers for nursing staff.
Among the winners are Charlie and Geraldine Hilling from Cumbernauld, who won £3 million in 2005.
Mr Hilling’s sister Eleanor died of leukaemia when she was seven years old.
He said: “This Christmas, along with other winners, we clubbed together to gift some items that the hospice had on a Christmas wishlist to bring some extra cheer for the children and families who visit or stay at Robin House.”
The lottery winners will deliver presents at hospices in Sheffield, Newcastle, Bradford, Grimsby, Liverpool, Solihull, Penarth, Brighton and Essex this week.