Once again a British player has scooped the top prize in the Euromillions prize draw.
After several weeks of the jackpot rolling over, Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Haverhill, Suffolk discovered they had won £148 million – the second biggest payout the Euromillions prize draw has produced.
Last weekend Adrian had been watching a film on television whilst Gillian was out with friends. When she returned they checked the National Lottery Euro Results. Gillian thought neither of them had bought a ticket and Adrian joked that he hadn’t either. In fact he admitted he had a ticket and decide to check the numbers as his wife was settling one of their children.
Not surprising Adrian went mad when he matched all their numbers and Gillian had to try to calm him down before he woke their two children. She checked the number several times and once she realised he was not having her on, Gillian went mad too. The children had no chance of sleeping now!
Adrian has already followed his passion by becoming a partner in a record store so is unlikely to give that up but Gillian, who is a healthcare assistant in the children’s ward at Addenbrooke’s hospital has decided she has had enough of unsocial hours. Gillian thinks it is time they spent more time as a family.
The couple have not really decided what to do with the money but they are considering a new house and a four-by-four car. Not surprisingly, children’s charities are close to Gillian’s heart so they will be looking at offering support.
“It’s such a large amount of money, it’s not something for one person, it’s something to share with other people,” said Gillian.
The administrators of the Euromillions prize draw in Britain, Camelot, always advise winners to take a holiday to consider their options and the Bayfords boarded an Easyjet flight for a European break this week – the first foreign holiday they have taken.
Adrian’s business partner told reporters that the couple’s first thought was to help charities. “They are still stunned about what happened,” he said.
We wish the Bayford family the best of good luck.