Two couples from Teesside have scooped the one million pound prize in the EuroMillions - but they will have to wait to properly celebrate until one of the four winners is home.
Malcolm and Claire Sills, and Claire and Martin Tait, won the prize after they invested their winnings from a scratch card into the Tuesday draw.
However, Martin is currently working abroad and will not be home until next week, as his wife Claire explained:
“Martin works four weeks on and four weeks off in Nigeria, so he doesn’t return until next Friday. He calls regularly and we are very excited about the win but we haven’t had a chance to sit down yet and plan how we are going to spend it.”
– Claire Tait, lottery winner
Claire Sills told ITV about how the whole story had unfolded:
“It was Martin’s idea to use the money to buy an extra EuroMillions ticket for the Tuesday draw rather than just getting in another round of drinks. We’re all over the moon we followed his advice!
“I checked the ticket at Sainsbury’s and the lady said I had to call Camelot as they don’t pay out anything over £500. I thought we had won maybe a grand per couple, I cried when I found out it was actually £500,000 per couple! I just keep thinking this sort of thing doesn’t happen to people like me, it is still sinking in.”
Two couples from Cleveland are celebrating after they won one million pounds in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw.
The couples play in a syndicate that normally only plays the lottery on a Friday, but by chance they put in for the Tuesday draw this week - only to discover they had scooped the one million pound prize.
Clare and Malcolm Sills had been on holiday with their friends Martin and Claire Tait when the couples decided to use the money they had won on a £40 scratch card to buy a ticket for the Tuesday draw.
The ticket, bought in local Stockton-on-Tees, won each couple £500,000.