A retired coal miner hit pay dirt when he won a £1 million lottery prize on royal wedding day.
Thomas Harwood, 72, from Ferryhill, County Durham, scooped the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle Prize on Friday and then thanked his late mother for bringing him luck.
It was her birthday and he had been to place flowers on his parents' graves hours before he won.
Wearing a Durham Miners' Association blazer, he posed for pictures and chatted to reporters at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, about his good fortune.
Mr Harwood survived mouth cancer three years ago after having part of his tongue cut out, so he said he felt doubly lucky.
He said: "I really can't believe that I have won. It's amazing. I went to visit my mum and dad's graves on Friday and I took some flowers as it would have been mum's birthday.
"I'm sure she's got something to do with this win."
Mr Harwood, who worked for more than 25 years as a miner, was watching snooker on television on Sunday and, having dozed off, woke and remembered to check his lottery ticket.
"I really couldn't believe it when I realised I'd pocketed £1 million."
Mr Harwood is divorced, with a son, four grandchildren and a great-grandson. The non-drinker plans to buy a static caravan by the beach at Redcar, Teesside, and will share his luck with his family, helping one granddaughter with her university tuition fees.