After years of renting homes, Mehmet Ozer from Islington in London, England, can afford to buy a home of his own after winning £300,000 in the January 29 EuroMillions draw.
Ozer, 53, has owned Classic Upholstery in Islington for three decades. He purchased his winning ticket from the Co-op across the road from his shop. He didn’t check the results until the following day while on route to his workshop.
“I just couldn’t believe my eyes when they matched. I stood up, then lay down, stood up again, screamed loudly and went out on the balcony to get some fresh air.” At this point he hadn’t even checked how much he’d won. When he saw that he’d won £303,465.20 the screaming resumed.
He’s the latest company owner to win a big lottery prize. Construction company owner Rigoberto Mejia from New York, USA, won $7m playing a New York Lottery scratchcard.
Despite his fantastic news he still went to work but had other things on his mind. He has already booked a weekend away in Rome.
It’s a home of his own in London that is most important to him. Mehmet is originally from Turkey but has lived in London for more than 30 years. He’s always had to rent property but now the lucky EuroMillions winner says “I can finally buy my own home in the city that I love so much, it’s simply magical.”
Mary Ellis from Somerset, England, finally bought her own home after a £443,377 UK Lotto win last July. Carl Partridge from Nuneaton, England, did the same after his £285,714 People’s Postcode Lottery win. In Canada, David Pouchelu bought a mobile home with his $1m Lotto Max prize.
The winning numbers in the January 29 EuroMillions draw were: 01-05-23-29-32 and the Two Lucky Stars were 01-07. Ozer managed to match the five main numbers and one of the Lucky Stars. If he’d matched the other Lucky Star he’d have won a share of the £100m EuroMillions jackpot. Adam Wilson from Manchester, England, was one number short of a £92m EuroMillions win last year.
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