71-year-old Geordie Rhodick from Lochgilphead in Scotland threw his May 29 EuroMillions ticket in the bin after his numbers failed to produce a win. His quick thinking wife, Betty, rescued the ticket just like Peter Kemp whose $1m Powerball ticket was accidentally torn up, and discovered they had won £1m in the Millionaire Maker Raffle.
Mrs Rhodick, 63, says she has “honestly no idea” why she rescued the EuroMillions ticket and took it to the local RS McColls store where her husband had purchased it. She was told by the assistant that it was a substantial winner and couldn’t be paid out there and then. The store manager then checked it, began to shake and told her she needed to have a seat.
The couple are the latest big winners from Scotland after we reported on a series of recent big lottery wins in Bo’Ness. The couple’s Millionaire Maker Raffle win repeats the success of a group of Ayrshire cleaning ladies with the EuroMillions game.
Geordie served in the Argylll and Sutherlands regiment between 1967 and 1981. He then worked as a domestic supervisor at Argyll and Bute Hospital before retiring last year. The EuroMillions winner joked that his win won’t change him and he’ll still be a “crabbit old git.”
Family means a great deal to the couple and just as lottery winner Frederick McClendon did after his big win, the couple plan on using their EuroMillions winnings to help their loved ones. Each of their six children will receive £25,000. That’s not all though, the couple plan on buying a new home and will put it in the names of their grandchildren, so when they die, they’ll be able to sell it and share the proceeds. A surprise trip for Geordie’s 85-year-old mother-in-law is also planned.
Betty is giving up her job as a carer with Enable Scotland and said: “One old lady was telling her home help that she had a millionaire helping her to bed the previous night.”
Just like recent EuroMillions winner Angela Maxwell, the couple will be continuing their voluntary work as they help plan the Lochgilphead Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 20.
Tonight the EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated £81m, so don’t miss this opportunity and purchase your tickets online at Lottery24.com.