Selfless bloke gave £500k lottery prize 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.

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."

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 even went to express checkouts at supermarkets, paying for people's shopping.

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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