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Teenager wins £500,000 on McDonald's Monopoly competition

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: April 22, 2011

Josh Sargeant.

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A TEENAGER got more than he bargained for when he won £500,000 with his first Big Mac meal.

Josh Sargeant, 17, became the youngest top prize winner of the McDonald's Monopoly promotion when he visited the Sleaford branch off the Holdingham Roundabout.

He found the "Mayfair" sticker he was missing on his soft drink which completed the "blue" set alongside Park Lane.

When Josh called his family, who live in the town, to tell them the good news they were convinced he was joking.

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Josh said: "I was just out with my friends and we all wanted something to eat so we headed to our local McDonald's.

"I had never had a Big Mac meal before – I had no idea that eating one would change my life completely.

"My mates and I have played the McDonald's Monopoly game before and I knew that finding Mayfair meant you win the big prize so when I peeled off the ticket from my Fanta and saw Mayfair, I literally couldn't believe it!

"Everyone I was with just went crazy, but I was in a state of shock."

Josh recently established his own gardening business and plans to invest the money into making it a successful enterprise.

"Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, and I am determined to use the money to help build something for my future," he said.

"I already set up a small gardening business a few months ago which I am really enjoying and I have been looking into getting some advice from a young enterprise programme to see how I can use this money to make this business as successful as possible. Something like this only


happens once in a lifetime so I know how lucky I am and I am really looking forward to the future."

Originally from Sleaford, Josh moved out of the family home recently to live in Boston where he operates his business.

McDonald's franchisee Martin Cuthbert, who owns six restaurants in the local community including Holdingham Roundabout where Josh found Mayfair, said: "Josh's story demonstrates why the McDonald's Monopoly promotion works so well – the prizes can really change people's lives.

"A young person like Josh who enjoys eating at McDonald's buys a meal and walks away with £500,000 – it is incredible.

"I am delighted to see the prize go to a young person like Josh who is such a deserving winner and everyone in the restaurant is really excited for him. We wish Josh the best of luck with all his plans for the future."

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    jack brown the mc tazo, toon army  |  May 06 2011, 6:34PM

    he daint deserve this prive man, making a gardening business, why do that when i should of won the prize and just seshion life away with banging tunes likee, wicked yessai, started off at yot

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    Stylus 38, South of Lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 12:15PM

    Congrats. Nice to read some good news for a change, Good luck with your business venture too. :)

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    Ghostofspeechley, Lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 10:08AM

    As with previous sentiments, brilliant stuff & well done. So nice it's a young lad with aspirations as I find the folks who stay living in their council house citing how it won't change them as such a missed opportunity!

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    lynn, lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 9:59AM

    Congratulations Josh, glad the money has gone to a bright young man, with his head screwed on.

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    charlotte, lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 9:25AM

    well done josh fantastic way to use your winnings great thinking

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    Zachary, Lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 9:12AM

    I'll admit, at first it made me a little jealous, but after reading the article it's made me glad it was someone like him who won it. Most teenagers would completely waste the money and not do anything decent with it - not the case here, it seems! Good on him.

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    Denise Blythe, Sleaford  |  April 22 2011, 8:43AM

    We wish you the best of luck for your future. It sounds like it will be put to good use and set you up for life, dont forget to spoil yourself and loved ones too, you deserve it. Well Done.

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    Freedom of Speech, Lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 8:13AM

    Nice to read a good news story. Enjoy your winnings Josh :)

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    Stephen, Menai Bridge. North Wales  |  April 22 2011, 8:12AM

    Well done, lucky you. Spend it wisely young man.

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    Marc, Lincoln  |  April 22 2011, 7:53AM

    Good on ya Lad...enjoy