Catherinette and William Mullarkey from Coventry in England are celebrating a £1m win playing the July 4 EuroMillions draw. At first though they believed the message telling them about their win was spam.
The couple had just returned from a holiday in St Lucia where Catherinette originates from. Annette and Andrew Dawson from Bolton, England, discovered their £1m EuroMillions win while on holiday in Bulgaria.
When the returning holiday makers saw an email from the National Lottery they thought it was just an advertisement but their granddaughter Celia had other ideas. She persuaded them to read the email and then they realized they had won £1m thanks to the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker code.
William, 57, known as Bill, said they “couldn’t take in the figure that came up on the screen”. At first they believed the win was only £10,000 or £100,000 and didn’t find out the real value of their EuroMillions win until telephoning the National Lottery. In the USA, Arden Unruh from Kansas, USA, thought his $25,000 a year for life Lucky for Life win was actually just $5,000.
When the lucky EuroMillions winners discovered that amazing news, there was a long silence but that was soon followed by loud screaming and dancing Then they had a nice cup of tea, just like the recent $27.3m New Zealand Powerball jackpot winners.
A Sleepless night followed as the win just wouldn’t sink in. That’s just what happened to Lisa and Mark Schmidt from Oregon, USA, after learning of their $1m Mega Millions win.
Their first priority is to help an injured relative. Messiah Philip has been paralysed from the waist down since a horrific bike accident in St Lucia two months ago. The £1m EuroMillions win will be partly used to pay for changes that need to be made to his home and buying an adapted car.
Other plans for their EuroMillions windfall include clearing their mortgage, which is just what the members of a Scottish lottery syndicate did after they won £1.1m playing EuroMillions.
The lucky couple also plan to build a new home in St Lucia and will divide their time between that and living in Coventry and there’ll also be presents for family and friends.
Both the EuroMillions winners work as chefs but plan to temporarily give up work while getting used to their new life. Amanda Lewis from nearby Staffordshire, carried on working despite her £1m EuroMillions win.
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