Couple Claims Stray Black Cat Was Their Lucky Charm In Winning $1.2 Million(video)

Every day, people enter the lottery in the hopes of taking home a sizable financial jackpot. While some individuals aspire to win a significant amount of money that would perhaps improve their life, others consider themselves lucky if they just break even on a scratch-off ticket they purchased. Tony and Deb Pearce of Southend, Essex, England, won the lotto, and it fulfilled all of their wishes and more.

The couple wasn't sure whether they would even be able to keep their house because they had previously run into financial difficulties. But their fortunes seemed to turn around when they began feeding a stray cat they adopted and called Billy. Actually, in 2017, the couple's entire lives evolved. Six months or so after Billy and Tony first met, Tony and Deb struck it lucky and won big on the lottery. Not only did they win a substantial sum of money, but their winnings transformed their lives. The pair took home a cool £1 million, or almost $1.2 million.

Billy is a black cat, and while many associate black cats with bad luck, Tony and Deb were not experiencing terrible luck. The couple made care to share their earnings with their animal companion as well. Even though they didn't really give him money, they made the decision to live a luxurious lifestyle for him, just as they would have for themselves. The cat, who is said to be around eight years old, even goes on holiday to the Pearce couple's second house in Norfolk.

Deb stated, "It's a common misconception that black cats are unlucky, but nothing could be further from the truth." Continue reading to find out more about this touching tale.

The BBC reports that Tony and Deb attribute their incredible lottery winnings to their "lucky" stray cat. They won £1 million, or around $1.2 million, in the National Lottery in 2017. The couple expressed gratitude to the black cat for serving as their lucky charm, despite the opinion of some that it was just a coincidence.

To Wales Online, she said:

We were on the verge of selling our cherished house and going on the run when Billy showed up. Tony's health had forced him to retire, and we were deeply in debt. Our only choice appeared to be to move into leased housing, but six months after Billy came, good fortune intervened and our lives were forever altered.

The couple was able to maintain their home and make renovations that turned it into their "perfect slice of heaven," according to Deb. They then purchased a home in Norfolk, where they currently transport Billy using a "huge carrier."

"We finally said 'I do' at our dream wedding, to top it all off," Deb continued.

Billy has grown to be a member of the family, she told the BBC. His twice-daily insulin shots are now covered by the couple's insurance. In addition, he follows a special hypoallergenic diet.

Tony clarified:

"I can't help but feel that Billy could also be lucky when I find myself footing the money for Billy's specialized food or vet care, which totals more than our yearly vacation to The Savoy. For a Southend stray who evidently showed up on the right doorstep at the right moment and shown to us that black cats are in fact lucky, it's not a terrible existence.

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