Dad who stopped lottery but won share of £1m prize after ‘praying to butterfly’

A dad who was struggling to make ends meet has won a share of a £1 million lotto prize after “praying to a butterfly”.

Myke Brooke from Pensnett, West Midlands started praying to them more than two years ago after the death of his step mum Kelly.

Now, the 50-year-old credited praying to the critters on winning £90,909 just weeks after subscribing to the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Speaking to BirminghamLive Myke revealed he joined the lottery last month after he stopped playing the lottery four years ago in a bid to cut unnecessary spending.

The dad-of-two admitted when he found out about his win, he looked up to the sky and thanked mum Kelly.

He told the publication: "She loved butterflies and whenever I see one, I say, ‘Hi Kel’.

"And a few times I’ve looked at one and I’ve just said, ‘Kelly, help me in any way you can, help me.

"I only rejoined three weeks ago. I’m feeling very, very lucky and I think it’s down to her. It’s a life-changing amount of money and it couldn’t have come at a better time."

Myke is currently caring for his bedbound dad Mervin, 70, who was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour earlier this year.

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Myke said: "He’s having a steak tonight, that’s what he wanted, and a little whisky. It’s been so hard, but this money will help so much."

He plans to use some of his winnings to get another dog to keep him and his dog Sirius, after the Harry Potter character Sirius Black, some company.

Myke said: "It’s been like Christmas since the lottery called me and I never got what I wanted at Christmas anyway because money was always tight. But it was an unbelievable shock and now I can get what I want for my own Christmas."

Myke was delighted to hear that ten of his neighbours had also each bagged the same whopping windfall.

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He said: "It’s brilliant. I think they’ll be a street party. My neighbour Roger next door is brilliant, he’s absolutely brilliant, he’s my best friend and would do anything for me and vice versa."

Eleven people shared the £1m jackpot after DY5 4AJ in Pensnett was revealed as the winner of Postcode Lottery’s weekly Millionaire Street prize. Each ticket picked up a cheque for £90,909.

Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson said: “It was a lovely day surprising so many people playing on Commonside in Pensnett with our £1 million prize. It was brilliant to bring so much joy to the street and it really sounds like it’ll make a massive difference.”

He added: “Our Postcode Lottery players enter to win, but they also know the huge benefit it brings to charities locally and across the UK. Every time players buy a ticket, charities win.”

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