A recently married couple from the Ottery St Mary, Devon had just set out on a holiday of a lifetime when they found out they’d won £1m in the EuroMillions draw held on Tuesday August 26th.
Rodney Hancock, 64,his wife, ex-nurse, Vanessa, 60 and not forgetting their pet parrot, Jasper, were setting out on a trip round the UK and Europe in their motorhome and were due to be travelling to Norfolk, the day after they found out about their win.
Retired van driver Rodney, who has been playing EuroMillions since it began and says he’ll continue to do so, said: “I got a notification on my phone to tell me I’d won, but assumed it was one of the smaller amounts. It was only two or three hours later when I checked on the computer and found out how much it was! I was in shock and didn’t quite believe it until I phoned The National Lottery and they confirmed it.
“As we were driving the next day we couldn’t do too much celebrating but have had a few small parties with family since.”
The couple met online last August and just five months later they got married. They have six children between them – three sons and three daughters.
The lucky winners have already started spending their winnings. Some debts have been paid off and they’ve also purchased a new BMW Coupé Roadster. That’s something they’ve been planning to do for a while as Rodney explains: “We’ve wanted a new car for a while and thought about looking at some silly ones, but we had to remember that we’ll be pulling it behind the motorhome on our holiday, so I suggested a BMW. It’s great – a two-seater convertible.”
Both Rodney and Vanessa are members of the Exeter Lions who are currently fundraising for the renovation of the ‘Lion’s Den’ children’s play area at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
They’ve titled their round-Europe trip ‘Two Lions and a Parrot on Tour!’ and next head off to Devon and Cornwall before going to Spain and France once the weather gets a bit cooler.
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