WIth £111million to be scooped in tomorrow’s EuroMillions jackpot, the life-changing moments of lucky winners have been revealed.
From delirious whoops and cheers to stunned silence, Camelot has released phone calls from punters when their dreams came true.
Stephen and Lesley Shiltz moved to Pontardawe, South Wales, from London before landing £1m in 2019 on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw.
Stephen said the couple had always struggled with their finances and he nearly had a heart attack when he learned of his prize.
He added: “I felt a mixture of emotions – excitement, disbelief and everything else rolled into one. Making that call was the best feeling in the world.”
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After paying out almost £3billion, Camelot’s Andy Carter has seen every reaction possible over the years.
He said: “Some people feel sick, some people jump up and down, some people are having a party when we arrive, others haven’t told a soul. I’ve even had people fainting.
“The jackpot of £111m this Friday could provoke even more extreme emotions if a UK player were to win.”
Andrew and Paula Hancock, from Mansfield, Notts, won £1m on a National Lottery Scratchcard in 2019.
They screamed in their kitchen when told of their life-changing news.
Paula said: “We were both excited to make the call and we had it on loudspeaker so Andrew and I could chat to the operator at the same time.”
Her husband added: “A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about the call. It’s completely changed our lives.”
Sandra Devine, from Renfrewshire, West Scotland, scooped £300,000 on a National Lottery Scratchcard last year.
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After buying it for husband Martin’s birthday, she initially thought she had won £1,000 before realising she had landed “the best present ever”.
Sandra said: “At first I thought we’d won £100 and my husband thought it was £1,000. When I found out we had won £300,000 I was so shocked.
“To win on Martin’s birthday was the cherry on top of the cake.
“At first, he didn’t believe me, then he started cheering. We just couldn’t believe it – it was surreal.”
The biggest British lottery winner walked away with £170.2m from a EuroMillions jackpot in 2019.
Others have also chosen to keep their identities under wraps but for those big winners who decided to go public with their winnings here is what happened to them.
£161,653,000 - Colin and Chris Weir 2011
The Weirs were living in a modest three-bedroom detached house in Largs, Scotland, when they became one of the richest couples in Britain.
They invested in fabulous properties, pumped a fortune into their beloved Partick Thistle football team, and donated cash to the Scottish nationalists.
But they drifted apart as Mr Weir went to Partick Thistle games while his wife attended charity events.
They divorced in 2019 and Mr Weir signed their £3million mansion in Troon over to his wife, and moved into a £1.5million waterfront home just outside Ayr.
Sadly he died, aged 71, later that year.
£148,656,000 - Adrian and Gillian Bayford 2012
Former postman Adrian, from Suffolk, scooped his massive windfall alongside his wife Gillian
The couple won €190million in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012, but due to the exchange rates at the time they ended up with over £10million less than the Weirs.
Gillian went on to divorce Adrian just 15 months after their win, saying their eight-year marriage had broken down “irretrievably”, and moved to Scotland with their two kids.
Adrian has since also moved to Scotland, to a new £1.2million home.
The stylish Perthshire pad is just an hour’s drive from ex-wife Gillian and their children.
Adrian has shed pounds since buying the converted farm, which has a gym and climbing suite plus a tennis court in its 16.5 acres of grounds.
£107,932,603 - Neil Trotter 2014
Mechanic Neil Trotter got to trade in his Ford Focus for the likes of a Jaguar and Porsche when he won his fortune.
He said: “I somehow knew I’d win. I used to tell my dad I’d have a house with a lake. I had such a strong feeling on the Friday that I’d win, I told the secretary at work.”
He has said it was a struggle adjusting to the £107.8million prize he netted in 2014.
He bought a mansion in Edenbridge, Kent, and has now found a hobby in racing and devotes himself to that.
He said: “Winning allowed me to go back to my first love – racing. And I have the house with a lake too.”
£114,969,775 - Patrick and Frances Connolly 2019
The Connollys had the best New Year’s Day ever as they won their jackpot in 2019.
The pair, from Moira in Northern Ireland, had purchased a single Lucky Dip online.
They have given away over half of their £114million fortune to good causes.
Frances told the Mirror: “Money does not change you.
“Enjoy it. But also think about the difference you can make. I am looking at how we can help, from supporting young carers to encouraging local employment. I want to help people who have helped me and my family.”
£101,203,600 - Dave and Angela Dawes 2011
This nine-figure jackpot was claimed by factory supervisor Dave Dawes and his wife Angela, a taxi driver.
The couple from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, lavished £30million on their family and closest friends, and set up their own charity.
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