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