Bernie and Paula Consterdine-Adams are celebrating a ‘golden’ retirement following a lucky and unexpected windfall.
Wanting flooring for the hallway of their home in Newport Pagnell, the couple popped into the Flooring Superstore on The Grampian Retail Park in Milton Keynes.
After choosing their flooring from the new Evo-Core flooring range, they overhead one of the sales assistants talking to a customer about a 15% discount.
They approached the assistant and discovered they were talking about a golden ticket promotion the store was running to mark its opening in July last year.
A total of 150 golden tickets were available for customers to pick up when visited the store, with the vast majority offering 15% off flooring. Four further tickets contained £250 off flooring and one, special ticket entitled the person drawing it to an amazing £1,000 off flooring.
Facing long odds given it was just a week after the store opened, Paula pulled out a ticket and when she opened it, she realised she had selected the £1,000 golden ticket.
It means the couple have now been able to order flooring not only for their hallway but their kitchen too.
Bernie said: “It seems we were in the right place at the right time, not only hearing someone talk about the promotion, but then drawing out the £1,000 ticket.
“We were suspicious at first because we thought it meant we had to spend money in the store to qualify for the £1,000 off, so when they told us there were no strings attached, it was amazing.
“Its perfect timing because I have just retired, so it means we haven’t had to pay for our hallway flooring and now we can also put the new floor in the kitchen; a job we were putting off for later.
“We couldn’t be happier.”
Flooring Superstore Regional Manager Ian Robinson said: “We first launched the golden ticket promotion when we opened a Flooring Superstore in Birmingham and nearly all the tickets had been taken before the £1,000 golden ticket was found.
“On this occasion, only a few tickets had been taken so the odds of finding the £1,000 were very high, however Bernie and Paula did, and we are delighted for them.
“We hope they enjoy their new flooring and wish them the very best in their retirement.”
The Milton Keynes store is the 16th Flooring Superstore in the UK, with two more due to open in March - in Stockton and Wolverhampton.
"On this occasion, only a few tickets had been taken so the odds of finding the 1,000 were very high, however Bernie and Paula did, and we are delighted for them."