CHICHESTER MUM RETURNS FROM HOLIDAY TO £1 MILLION EUROMILLIONS PRIZE
A mother of one from the town of Chichester in South-East England returned from a two week holiday in Corfu last month to find out that she had won £1 million on the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker.
Donna Smith, 41, returned from a two week holiday in July and realised that she still had an unchecked EuroMillions ticket in her wallet, just like when a couple from Tamworth returned from Egypt to a UK Lotto win worth more than £5 million, and a winner from the North East of England had just got back from Tenerife when she realised they’d won £1 milion on the EuroMillions. Ms Smith checked the EuroMillions ticket at the Southern Co-Op, where she also works, and she told lottery officials that she asked her co-workers to check the ticket for her, when it revealed a message saying that she needed to make a call to Camelot.
“That was the longest walk home from work I have ever done,” the lottery winner said as she posed with her EuroMillions cheque for £1 million. “I was desperate to get home and make the call.” The ticket won the Millionaire Raffle on July 1st, while Ms Smith was on holiday, and she told lottery officials that she can’t believe how close she came to losing the ticket.
“I took it on holiday with me in my purse and left it in all sorts of places including ten seats in front of me on the plane coming home,” she said, explaining that there was no space in the overhead lockers near her while she travelled back from her holiday, so she had to store her hand luggage ten rows ahead. “I would have kept it close by my side had I known it was worth £1 million.”
The EuroMillions winner said that despite becoming a millionaire she won’t be quitting her job because she enjoys it, plus “My boss now thinks I’m a lucky mascot!” The single mother is very close with her 18 year old daughter and the rest of her family, and she said that she had no trouble deciding how she’ll be spending her winnings. A scratchcard winner from Essex decided to step on the property ladder, while Mary Ellis from Somerset bought her first house with her UK Lotto windfall.
“I am buying three houses – one for me, one for my daughter, and one for my parents.” With two offers already accepted, Ms Smith said that they can’t wait to move into their new houses and enjoy their new lives.
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