News — 01 June 2012
Tidying his room earns teenager £52,000

A 19-year-old supermarket employee, Ryan Kitchin, struck gold whilst begrudg- ingly tidying his bedroom.
Finally, after weeks of pleading from his mother, he took to clearing his room. However, this act of seeming submission
was soon to uncover a lottery ticket that he’d forgotten all about. His first thought was to bin it along with the rest of his clutter. Luckily, he thought twice…
On closer inspec- tion, it turned out to be a winning ticket worth £52,981.
Ryan has proven himself worthy of such a win – with neither intention of leaving his job nor stopping his voluntary work for emergency medical aid charity, First Re- sponse. “It’s a great charity and I’m planning on donating some of the winnings to them,” he said.
Time to reflect on his fortune has left him not only with sure, albeit irksome, confirma- tion that ‘mum’s are always right’ but also, having just recently been unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend, a huge sense of philosophical teenage satisfaction. “She’ll be sad she finished with me now, but I’m glad. At least I’ll be able to enjoy the mon- ey for myself now, and treat myself for a change…”

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