Days after receiving the all-clear about her cancer, Sonia Davies from Monmouth in Wales, made a trans-Atlantic phone call begging her daughter to buy a ticket for the July 29 EuroMillions draw and ended up winning the £61m jackpot.
Sonia, 53, was in Florida, USA having life-saving keyhole surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in her neck. Getting the all-clear made her feel as if she’d “cheated death.” Her partner, Keith Reynolds, 55, figured they were now “the luckiest people on the planet” and when seeing the £61m EuroMillions jackpot got his wife to call their daughter, Stephanie asking her to buy some tickets. Her car was blocked in the drive so her partner, Steve, drove to the Overmonow Garage to buy their EuroMillions tickets 30 minutes before the deadline. David Keeler from Kansas purchased his $30,000 winning Hot Lotto ticket 25 seconds before the deadline.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Stephanie checked the EuroMillions tickets and discovered their big win. Steve checked and checked the EuroMillions ticket and then realizing they had won, locked all the windows and doors and spoke about their win in hushed voices. They certainly had better luck than Englishman Adam Wilson who narrowly missed out on a £92m EuroMillions jackpot.
The overjoyed daughter quickly called her mother to tell her the news. She cried so much Sonia thought her dog had died, then heard Steve shouting “we’ve won £61m.” In the UK the celebrations began as Stephanie and Steve couldn’t sleep just like a $15,000 Mega Millions winner from Maryland, USA, and took selfies with the winning EuroMillions ticket in case it got lost.
They plan on turning their new home into a dream home and going to the Caribbean. Her sister, Courtney, 19, wants a new car and an electric toothbrush. Sonia and Keith plan on sharing their EuroMillions win with family and friends. Sonia and her two daughters will each receive £12,220,488.58. Their winning numbers were: 01-21-26-40-50 and the Lucky Stars 02 and 04. Last year Jeff and Davina Pritchard from Wales won £1m playing EuroMillions. Welshman Clive Osbourne celebrated a £1.5m UK Lotto win.
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