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Selfless bloke who won £500k on lottery gave it all away ‘because he felt uncomfortable’

An incredibly selfless man gave away all of his £500,000 lottery winnings because he ‘felt uncomfortable’ keeping it for himself.

Peter Charlton pocketed half-a-million from Tatts Lotto in Australia, and chose to hand it to friends and strangers who were “struggling financially and emotionally” during lockdown.

He explained that he tried to get rid of his prize before anyone realised he’d won it, reports the Mirror.

Peter spoke to 7news as part of a YouTube series called “My Big Story” and revealed that he had bought three tickets in memory of his late uncle Charlie who had recently passed away.



Selfless bloke who won £500k on lottery gave it all away 'because he felt uncomfortable'
Peter put money on tabs at local restaurants for everyone there

He told how he was close with his uncle and that they shared a bond over playing Lotto. He later said: “Maybe uncle Charlie pulled some strings on his way out.”

After the windfall, Peter reached out to friends, family members and even strangers to offer to put some money into their bank accounts.

He said: “My theory on it was that I’ll share it around and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Rather than people thinking I’m sitting on my goldmine, I felt more comfortable knowing that I had given it all away.

“So my mission was to get rid of the money before they realised that I’d won the Lotto.”



Selfless bloke who won £500k on lottery gave it all away 'because he felt uncomfortable'
Some people were initially reluctant to take the money, thinking it was a scam

Peter started to message some of his Facebook followers anonymously to offer them a cut of the winnings, although some thought it was a hoax.

He said: “It was hard work getting bank details off people as they are accustom to scams and things that go on the internet. Most people conclude that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably was. It was hard work.”

Eventually Peter widened his efforts and put money on tabs in local pizza restaurants. He paid for the shopping of others by going to supermarket express checkouts.



Selfless bloke who won £500k on lottery gave it all away 'because he felt uncomfortable'
He bought the tickets in memory of his late uncle

Peter also said he has regrets about his own past behaviour and just enjoys helping people.

“There’s such a pleasure in being kind and if you are in the position to do it then I think you are mad if you don’t,” He explained.

“We are in this together and we have to look after each other where and when we can.”

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Selfless bloke who won £500k on lottery gave it all away 'because he felt uncomfortable'
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