Andy McAllister shared the EuroMillions lottery jackpot in draw number 86 on 30th September 2005. The winning EuroMillions numbers were 6, 11, 47, 48 and 50 and the Lucky Stars were 1 and 6. He shared the £17,020,072 windfall with three other players, one from France and two more from the UK.
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Mr McAllister was Scotland’s first EuroMillions lottery jackpot winner and had also won £2,000 on the UK Lottery the previous year, as part of a syndicate. He bought his winning EuroMillions lotto ticket from the Spar in Biggar, a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. When father of three Andrew, who was 42 at the time, saw that he had the EuroMillions winning numbers from the weekend draw, the first person he called with the news was wife Doreen.
He was flabbergasted when shop worker Doreen, who was 44, told him “Sorry love, I’m stuck in work.”
The ex-Army mechanic who was a poultry worker when he decided to play EuroMillions and bagged the jackpot, said he would buy his council house, but only after a brand new Mercedes was parked outside; he would then ditch his 1989 Peugeot 205! Despite his latest win, he added that he had no plans to quit his 50-hour a week job with Glenrath Farms at Lamancha, near West Linton, Peebleshire.
He did follow this up by saying that he wanted to take his hard-working wife on a holiday abroad, if only he could persuade her to get on a plane. “Doreen has never flown before and doesn’t like going over water – but we will get something sorted out.” Mr McAllister’s two younger children, Andrew, 16 at the time and Vicky who was 14, had only made modest requests follow their fathers EuroMillions lottery success. He said “Vicky just wants a new phone, hair straighteners and probably some clothes. Andrew wants a new phone.”
The following year, a children’s cancer charity support group based in Edinburgh received a cash boost of £10,000 from the EuroMillions lottery winning couple. They had been dependent on the charity a few years previously when The Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) charity had helped taxi their sick daughter to and from hospital. It was their way of thanking the Edinburgh group for helping when their daughter Victoria, battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She had been diagnosed four years previously and her parents had turned to CCLASP – founded by Bill and Valerie Simpson 12 years previously – for help. Bill took Victoria from the family home in Biggar to Edinburgh for her chemotherapy sessions. As the McAllisters said, it’s nice to help those who have helped you.
It’s always great to see winners spreading their wealth with charitiable causes and another pair of winners who had childrens charities close to their hearts were August 2012 winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford.