When a midwife purchased a ticket for the EuroMillions draw held on Tuesday July 8th, she could only dream that it would deliver her £1m. But despite her win, single mother Ruth Breen, 35 of Poolstock, Wigan has no intention of giving up her job.
Ruth works at the Wigan infirmary and absolutely loves her job. “Delivering babies is like winning the lottery in that both are a huge privilege and honour – but thankfully there isn’t as much paperwork as with a big EuroMillions cheque.”
In fact she intends donating part of her winnings to the Amanda Penk fund. This was set up to raise money for vital maternity care equipment following the sudden loss of her close friend and fellow midwife.
Talking about becoming a millionaire the midwife said: “It’s absolutely incredible. It’s gone from having to be very, very careful with money, which has always been tight, to having a million.”
Ruth says that becoming a millionaire comes in a close second to the birth of her daughter Lucy. Her daughter, now 11, didn’t ask for anything too expensive once she heard the good news as her mother explains: “We’ve always had no cash to spare, and every penny counts, there have been no treats. Times have been very hard, we’ve not been able to have a landline and the first thing Lucy said when we won is ‘can we get wifi now?’”
Lucy may have wanted wifi, but her mother couldn’t wait to buy a pair of Jimmy Choos shoes. It’s not just wifi that will help Lucy: her mother intends using part of her EuroMillions winnings to fund her secondary education at a private school. Breen also plans on paying off her mortgage in one go. Ruth and her daughter will also be getting a season ticket to watch their beloved Wigan Warriors for the next Super League season.
Her life may well be changing, however even in her fancy new shoes Ruth doesn’t want everything to be up market. A holiday is planned, but it’ll be in her sister’s caravan in Yorkshire. Then it’ll be back to work in the job she loves.
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