Man who scooped the Mail's second Great Summer Treasure Hunt prize

£10k in treasure? That’s made my year, says cancer patient, 64, who scooped the Mail’s second Great Summer Treasure Hunt prize

  • Michael Ariss had to start shielding and give up his job as a driver due to illness
  • He and his wife Claire will use their windfall to pay bills and help their children 
  • The Daily Mail’s Great Summer Treasure Hunt is now in its third of four weeks

After being diagnosed with cancer last autumn and having half his lung removed, Michael Ariss has faced a tough year.

His illness meant that when lockdown hit in March, the 64-year-old had to start shielding and give up his job as a driver. He also faced the postponement of his daughter’s wedding in Ireland.

So Saturday was a rare bright day for Mr Ariss when he became our second £10,000 winner in our Great Summer Treasure Hunt after submitting the correct final answer, which was Queen Victoria.

Michael Ariss had to start shielding and give up his job as a driver when lockdown hit in March due to his illness 

Mr Ariss, from Muswell Hill, North London, has been an avid Mail reader for 40 years and said: ‘We cannot begin to say how much this has helped us,’ he said. ‘The Daily Mail is a brilliant paper, but it seems even better now!’

Mr Ariss and his wife Claire, 60, will use their windfall to pay bills and help their children.

But the real bonus of the prize is that Mr Ariss can now afford to continue his recovery at home and not put himself at risk by immediately going back to work.

He added: ‘Part of my rehabilitation is to walk a mile to the newsagents and do the quizzes when I buy the paper. I submitted my answer after working it out on Friday, but thought nothing of it until I got a call on Saturday morning saying I’d won ten grand!

‘It’s the only competition I’ve ever won apart from some Elton John concert tickets.’

This year, the Daily Mail’s Great Summer Treasure Hunt is more popular than ever, with thousands of readers entering every Friday after using their skill and knowledge to crack our daily clues.

The real bonus of the prize is that Mr Ariss can now afford to continue his recovery at home and not put himself at risk by immediately going back to work 

The competition is now in its third week of four and, every week, one lucky reader will win £10,000. Plus, every correct entry each week will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an extra £10,000. That’s a total treasure trove of £50,000 — and with £30,000 still up for grabs, don’t miss your chance to win a share of the loot.

Each weekly Treasure Hunt begins with an illustration in Saturday’s Daily Mail.

Hidden within the picture are a number of letters that form an anagram, from which you can unscramble your first clue. Work out your second clue for this week’s Treasure Hunt by solving the riddle in the box below — and there’ll be another teaser to solve every day until Friday. 

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