It’s every downtrodden worker’s dream, to win the lottery and be able to storm into the boss’s office and say ‘stuff your job!’
To pose with a minor celeb, giant cheque in one hand, and then to shake up a bottle of fizz, Lewis Hamilton style, all over the waiting posse of press photographers.
The National Lottery celebrates its 20th birthday today and it seems strange now that Camelot, rollovers, Euromillions, scratchcards, instants and all the rest of it are now common parlance.
Sheffield is one of the luckiest cities in Britain when it comes to winning.
A mouthwatering £17.2 million was paid out to lucky winners in the city last year.
Research last year by lottery operator Camelot found Sheffield was the third luckiest place in the country based on how many people have won at least £50,000.
Camelot found that a staggering 668 Sheffielders had won prizes of over £50,000 since the lottery began, including 67 millionaires.
Barbara Clack, who won £100,000 in 2011, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that Sheffield is a lucky place to live. It certainly proved lucky for me. It’s a great place with wonderful people and I’ve no doubt we’re going to continue to see even more winners.”
The best-known local winners are astoundingly generous Sheffielders Ray and Barbara Wragg, who won £7.6 million in 2000.
The couple, who live in Whirlow, have given away more than £5m to friends, family and charities.
The dream of handing in her notice came true for an unnamed Barnsley supermarket worker who scooped £2.3 million 10 years ago.
Others decide they will carry on as usual.
Rotherham canteen assistant Trish Emson was back at work on the Monday morning after she won £1.7 million in 2003.
She said: “The money will mean we don’t have to worry about financial problems but we are determined it will not change us, we will still keep our family and friends.”
Other big winners locally are the many good causes that have received donations from lottery charity funds.
Three years ago, a gathering of more than 40 Yorkshire lottery millionaires in Leeds hosted by Camelot showed that many keep their feet on the ground
Sheffield winner Deana Sampson turned up in red high heels that she’d bought for £19.99 from TK Maxx.
She said: “My feet are firmly on the ground but I do wear better shoes now. These heels are better than I used to wear; I used to get my shoes from the market.”