Woman Wins Lottery Jackpot Shortly Before Doctors Say She's Cancer-Free

In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Maxine Lloyd, 50, has beaten all the odds recently, winning £1 ($1.2) million, a fortnight before defeating cancer, and getting the all-clear.

The Occupational Therapist from Kettering, Northamptonshire, in the United Kingdom, describes how surreal the last couple of weeks have been, including rushing her fiancé to A and E.

Winning Big

Ms. Lloyd describes how her fiancé Wayne Tilbury, 57, had recently collapsed with a chest infection and she was looking after him.

She said: "I was a bit worried about him, keeping my eye on him, I was a bit bored as well because he was just not with it, so I decided to play an instant win game on the lottery app.

"I put £20 in my account and I played one of the games and it come up a million and it didn't really sink in, then I finished the game it was like congratulations you've won a million."

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Double win. Stock Image. Ms. Maxine Lloyd has won a million pounds playing the lottery, and has beaten cancer all in the same two weeks. Getty Images

Ms. Lloyd describes the incredible moment when she was going through her first round of radiotherapy when she received a text, which she presumed would be from her fiancé, but it was actually from her bank to say the winnings had been transferred.

Beating Cancer

Luckily Ms. Lloyd caught her cancer early, she added: "As a result of earlier diagnosis all my cancer was removed at the stage of surgery," she explains, "and obviously the chemotherapy and radiotherapy came from further tests on that cancer to say that it will reduce the risk of it returning for myself."

She describes how her cancer did not appear as the typical lump, "my changes were very, very different to the normal lump, people think you need to find a lump. I didn't have a lump I had a change in skin and dimpling. The specialist breast team diagnosed me and I was in really good hands."

Speaking of her lucky early diagnosis, Ms. Lloyd urges people to get checked. "Every woman or gentleman, because it is relevant with gentleman as well, I'd say just check. My main message would be if you notice anything different about any part of your body just go and get that checked out because it's better to walk out with that reassurance that it's nothing."

Ms. Lloyd has no plans to quit her job after the win, "You're going to carry on working?" asks the interviewer on Good Morning Britain, "Oh yeah I love my job" replies Ms. Lloyd.

Future plans include a wedding, "We've actually secured a date now for next year", finding a companion for their dog Rosco "Who has been the most amazing support...he's been my therapy dog", and running the 10k Race For Life for Cancer Research next year.

Breast Cancer In Men

As Ms. Lloyd says, men can also develop breast cancer because they also have breast tissue, though it is rarer than in women. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2022 about 2,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, and 530 men will die of breast cancer.

They also say, "It's also important to understand that most breast lumps are benign and not cancer (malignant). Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life-threatening.

"Any breast lump or change needs to be checked by a health care provider to determine whether it is benign or malignant (cancer) and whether it might impact your future cancer risk."