Anthony Canty, 33, was sitting on a bus next to the policeman in April when the officer suffered a heart attack and collapsed into his lap. Luckily, Anthony had received some first aid training at work and was able to give the officer CPR with the help of an emergency services operator who gave instructions over the phone.
The policeman was airlifted to hospital and spent five days in intensive care before recovering. Anthony has kept in touch with the officer, and was able pass on some remarkable news when he discovered that he had become a millionaire. “I phoned him [about] the win and he said 'good karma happens to good people'," said Anthony.
Anthony landed the seven-figure prize in the Millionaire Maker game on 5th May, matching the winning code MWQG 90983. He initially thought he had won £100,000 when he checked the results on the train and quickly rang his partner Katie.
He recalled: “She thought I was winding her up, so I gave her the numbers to check for herself. I heard her log on and then she screamed, ‘It’s a million, we’re millionaires!’.”
Anthony, who lives in Maldon, has worked throughout the coronavirus crisis as an engineer. His company maintains water quality for hospitals and care homes. He said: “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.”
The father of two is not sure exactly how he will spend his money, but he will take his daughters to Disneyland ‘when it’s safe to fly again’. He also revealed that his family had bought a puppy from a neighbour the night before the big win. “We all decided the puppy needed to be called Lucky Lola.”
Millionaire Maker is a supplementary game to EuroMillions. Everyone who buys a ticket in the UK is automatically entered into this raffle, and one player is guaranteed £1 million in every draw. The EuroMillions jackpot currently stands at £63 million.