A brother and sister recently found out that they inherited £140,000 thanks to the lottery and a grandad that they had never met.
Nick and Katherine Christou from England both received £70,000 after finding out they were next of kin for estranged grandfather Jim Ross.
Up until receiving the shocking news, the siblings had never met their maternal grandfather Jim Ross.
Apparently, Beverley, their mum, lost contact with her father back in the 1980s. According to her children, she never spoke about her father at all, even right up until her passing in 2016.
The reason for the lost contact was due to the fact that Beverley battled drug addiction and the father and daughter fell out and she moved to Kings Lynn, Norfolk, in the 1980s and started a family.
A letter in the post
A few months ago Beverley’s son, Nick who is now 31-years-old and works at McDonald’s, was notified by his grandmother that she had received a letter. The letter informed her that Mr Ross had passed away and had left an inheritance of around £5,000 to his next of kin.
Nick, however, thought it too good to be true and immediately dismissed it as a scam.
The letter was from an heir hunting firm called Finders International. Little did Nick know that the company features on a BBC1 daytime show Heir Hunters. Had he seen the show, he would have known that they help trace possible family members to receive their inheritance.
Two months later he decided to pursue the matter. However, his grandmother had could find the letter. Nick, however, remembered that the letter had come from Finders International and made contact with them.
The first of his grandfather’s accounts only contained 58p but the next had £4,500. That was the sum mentioned in the original letter, but a shock was on its way.
A third account was discovered and this one was worth £140,000!
As it turned out, Mr Ross had been part of a lottery syndicate that had won a substantial amount of money.
Nick and his family couldn’t believe their luck and were incredibly thankful that grandad Jim had thought ahead like this.
“I felt a bit numb at first, to be honest. I let it sink in and I thought this could change our lives as a family.”
It was soon afterwards that his bank account reflected the incredible lottery win amounting to £140,000.
He immediately contacted his sister, Katherine, 24 and split the inheritance with her.
Nick said, "This entire episode has been life-changing, not least in the unexpected cash, but in closing a painful chapter in my family's history.
"My mum never discussed my grandfather so we went our entire lives to date thinking we didn't have one.
"Having lost our mum due to complications with her battle with alcohol and drugs, we feel our granddad and mum are smiling on us kids through this positive outcome.
"We have further discovered that our granddad did try to connect with us through our mum over the years, and that shows his positive intention.
Nick and his wife Karen, 43, used their share of the cash to pay for a belated honeymoon to Las Vegas. Even though the couple had tied the knot seven years ago they could not afford a honeymoon. He’s also cleared some of his debt, purchased a car, a bike and put the rest in the bank.
Danny Curran, founder of Finders International said: "Nick Christou's story proves the importance of trying to at least know members of your family, even if fallouts have occurred.
"Personally, for me, it's fantastic to see younger beneficiaries for a change, in the case of Nick and his sister, both in their 20s and 30s - a real boost in life for them both."
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