'We bought bedroom furniture' - EuroMillions winners on £184m jackpot
A married couple from Gloucester have been revealed as the winners of the Britain's biggest EuroMillions lottery jackpot of £184m.
Joe and Jess Thwaite scooped a record-breaking £184,262,899 with a Lucky Dip ticket on the draw on Tuesday May 10.
Joe, 49, a communications sales engineer, and Jess, 44, who runs a hairdressing salon both went to work on the day they found out about the win.
Questioned on how they celebrated their win, Mrs Thwaite said: “We went and had a family meal so we could share with our family.
“To tell the truth, we bought bedroom furniture. We bought a chest of drawers and a wardrobe. Other than that we haven’t done anything.”
The couple have been married for 11 years and have two primary-school aged children.
The record was previously held by an anonymous ticket-holder who banked £170million in October 2019.
The new record-breakers mark the second EuroMillions jackpot won in the UK this year, with the £109million jackpot from the draw on February 4 claimed a few days later.
Joe said that when he received an email telling him he won a prize he thought it was a lucky dip.
“Then I looked at the amount and I put the phone down. And I picked the phone up again, and I looked at the amount again.
“I first thought it was in thousands,” he said, saying then he “started counting the digits”, adding: “Amazing, but also surreal.”
Jess said her husband woke her up, saying it was a “normal husband-and-wife grumpy morning”.
She said she told him: “‘Just let me turn the alarm off’ and he was like: ‘I’ve got a secret to tell you.'”
When the office told them they “definitely had won”, Mrs Thwaite said: “I didn’t think it was real to be honest. I still don’t think that it’s real.”
She added: "The win gives us time to dream, which we haven't had before. We've had one week to think about this and we now have time to share lots of experiences and go on adventures with our family and friends."
Although the couple went straight onto Rightmove to look at £7M houses after their win, they have only recently bought a new house.
Asked if their new house was still their “forever home” now they have landed the jackpot, Mrs Thwaite said: “We don’t know. I don’t know. It was our dream. It was our absolute dream to have the ponies at home.”
Mr Thwaite added: “We could do the house up how we wanted it and make the couple of changes that we want to put our stamp on the place.”
“But I think we’ve got some time and bit more room to dream,” Mrs Thwaite said.
The family have also been discussing going on holiday.
Mrs Thwaite said: “When we told our youngest two children, ‘if you could have anything in the world now that we have this money, what would you want?’, both of them said a holiday.
“We don’t go on holiday, they have ponies and everything goes into them.
“So my youngest said she wants to go to Hawaii... She’s been talking about Hawaii for two years – and when we said she could go to Hawaii she was just jumping up and down with joy.
“Our eldest wants to go to America and do a ranch drive on a pony. She is obsessed with her pony – and now we can invite the rest of our family to do those with us. That’s the most important thing for us.”