Ex-pro footballer forced to retire nearly left £1m winning lotto ticket in shop

Former Sheffield United defender Terry ‘the ginger John Terry’ Kennedy, now a builder, reveals how he almost walked out a shop without a £1million winning lottery ticket

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Terry Kennedy: Former footballer wins £1 million on the lottery

A former championship footballer forced to retire from the game due to injury told today how he landed £1 million on the lottery.

And builder Terry Kennedy revealed he had left his ticket behind on the counter after he bought it with the shopkeeper calling him back saying: “This could make you a millionaire.”

The moment that Terry, 28, was then told of his big win was captured on video by a mate on the building site abnd has gone viral and been seen by over three million people.

The ex-Sheffield United footballer, from Barnsley, South Yorks., said he had initially intended to keep quiet about his win, but he was outed by the sensational footage.

At a press conference at the Tankersley Manor Hotel in Barnsley on Wednesday Terry and his girlfriend, Kay Yoxall, a 25-year-old team leader at a financial services company, were covered in sprays of champagne as they toasted their win.

Terry Kennedy, 28, and Kay Yoxall, 25, celebrate winning £1 million on a Lotto Lucky Dip draw last month


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Terry told how their win was complete luck as the pair had gone to the shop to buy a EuroMillions Lucky Dip, thinking it was Friday.

But the shopkeeper told them it was Saturday, so they had to get a Lotto ticket instead – from this they matched two numbers and won a Lucky Dip for the next draw.

Terry got his Lucky Dip at a shop near where he was working in Doncaster, South Yorks., and accidentally left the ticket on the counter.

he moment former professional footballer Terry Kennedy Find out he’s won £1m on the lottery


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The footballer can be seen shaking his head in disbelief as he is asked by the apparent lottery employee ‘Terry are you ready? Do you want to sit down? I’ve just confirmed that you have won £1 million’


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The shopkeeper called him back for the ticket, predicting the £1 million win.

Amazingly, it went on to win in the draw on Wednesday November 10.

The lucky numbers were 10, 18, 20, 37, 49 and bonus ball 5.

He said: “I checked the ticket the next day on my lunch break at work on Google and couldn’t believe that the numbers matched.

In action in the FA Youth Cup Final for Sheffield United all those years ago



“Then I got different mates on the site to check on the App and it kept saying I’d won. I thought it was a wind-up.

“It wasn’t until I’d actually spoken to the woman on The National Lottery Line, that was filmed by a mate, that I believed it was happening.

“Making that call in front of my mates and colleagues was brilliant and I immediately took them for a celebratory pint.”

In action for Sheffield Utd vs Coventry City at Bramall Lane


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Terry rang Kay at her work, as per their Lottery Win plan, and told her to pack up her stuff and join them.

He and his girlfriend jetted off to Tenerife on holiday and have been for a weekend away to Dublin since.

They now plan to have a low-key Christmas with family before jetting off across the world.

He plans to continue working as a builder during the summer months and jetting off to hotter climes during the cold winter months.

“On days like this,” said Terry, “you just want to stay at home.

“I don’t enjoy building sites during the winter so I’m planning to go away and see the world.

“Kay can take a break from work, so we’d love to go across America and South East Asia.

“We already have New York planned for January.

“The ideal plan would be to never work a British winter again.”

The defender, dubbed ‘the ginger John Terry’, spent 15 years at Sheffield United but had to hang up his boots three years ago because of a recurring knee injury. Terry also played for Harrogate Town, and had brief stints at Cambridge United and Alfreton Town.

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