EuroMillions joy for bored wife who bought ticket while hubby watched Euro 2020
A bored wife who bought a lottery ticket to pass the time while her husband watched Euro 2020 matches has won £1million.
Mum-of-two Sammantha Young, 33, scooped the jackpot in the special EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw on July 2.
She decided to take the plunge on an Instant Win Game on the National Lottery app while hubby Paul, 39, was engrossed in one of the group games.
And it paid off. She won £20, which she then used to buy the EuroMillions tickets that saw her become one of 20 people to become a millionaire in the draw.
“Like the rest of the country, I’ve been so proud to support the England team and cheered them all the way to the final," she said.
"However, my husband has watched every group game and it has been a little trying at times, which is why I brightened my Friday evening with a glass of Prosecco and a National Lottery Instant Win Game.
"I won £20, which I then used to buy a couple of Lucky Dip tickets for that night’s EuroMillions draw. Just before I went to bed, I logged back in and saw that there was no jackpot winner so I thought that was it, little did I know I’d wake up a millionaire.”
The next morning, Sammantha was shocked to discover email from the National Lottery saying she'd won.
But the chartered accountant was so overwhelmed with the news she misread the figure, thinking she'd scooped £1,000.
“I’m a little embarrassed to admit that although I’m a Chartered Accountant, working with numbers every day, it was Paul who looked at the message more closely and pointed out that what I thought was £1,000 was one thousand times more and was actually £1,000,000.
“Neither of us were willing to dare believe that the win was real. We were convinced it was fake and that somehow I had been scammed.
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"I logged in and out of my National Lottery account numerous times, and even when I called Camelot who confirmed the win, and then spoke with the Winners’ Advisor, I still thought it was an elaborate hoax.
"I mean, it’s a pretty big stretch to spend £2.50 and in return bank £1,000,000.”
Sammantha and Paul, who have been together for 12 years, are now making plans to secure their future.
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"We are very lucky, we already enjoy a good life on a day-to-day basis however I am the main breadwinner, and due to my bipolar I have not been able to take out life insurance," Sammantha said.
"It’s always worried me that if anything happens to me, Paul and our children’s future wouldn’t be so secure.
“Now, we can use our win to pay off the rest of the mortgage, plan some amazing getaways, splurge on a few treats and then put the rest away in long-term secure investments for the future.”
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She is also looking to book a trip to her dream holiday destination, the tropical island paradise of Bora Bora in French Polynesia, and dream car a Range Rover Sport.
Football fan Paul has his eye on watching more football, with a Liverpool season ticket in the offing.
While her teenage daughter, meanwhile, has a rather lengthy wish list, including a diamond ring and Gucci bag, all her son wants a fidget spinner.
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