Taxi driver Murray McKenzie, 63, picked up and sizeable EuroMillions prize last week but had egg on his face when he realized his success was due to his inability to remember his son's birthday.
McKenzie successfully matched all five main numbers and one Lucky Star in the EuroMillions drawing on Friday, October 3, 2014, using a combination of numbers that contained one he believed to form part of his son's date of birth. Fortunately for him, the absent-minded Cambridge man was one day out and the wrong number turned out to be just the right number to bag him the £215,228 second tier prize.
"It's a bit embarrassing to admit that I had the wrong date for my son's birthday," McKenzie said, "but with £215,228.30 now in the family coffers, I think he's prepared to forgive me."
McKenzie had been playing the same set of numbers, on and off, for a number of years, but forsook them a few months ago in favor of Lucky Dip tickets. For some reason he cannot explain though, he felt a sudden compulsion to play them again.
"I still do not know why at 8am last Tuesday I thought playing them was a good idea," McKenzie said. "I'm going to put it down to Lady Luck."
The next EuroMillions drawing is on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The estimated jackpot is £111 million.