Usually winning then jackpot in a lottery leads to new holidays but, for a retired couple from Ipswich in Suffolk, hitting the jackpot in the UK lottery draw meant the end of a holiday.
Richard and Cathy Brown were looking forward to a ten-week sailing trip around Britain in their 40-foot yacht ‘Brave.’ They had reached as far as Newcastle when Richard decided to check the UK lottery draw results on his new smart phone.
The couple had been playing the UK lottery draw since it’s launch in 1994, buying a month’s worth of tickets at a time. Richard told reporters, “As we were settling down for the evening in Newcastle I decided to use the app I’d just downloaded as a bit of an experiment.”
As Cathy watched, Richard started to match the numbers showing on the screen. They got more and more excited as the realisation dawned they had won. Richard turned to Cathy and said, “You’re a multimillionaire!”
After a stiff gin and tonic the couple rang Camelot, the administrators of the UK lottery draw, and confirmed they were the winners of the £6,123,395 top prize. A few days later Richard and Cathy made the customary visit to a Camelot advisor to receive the money and plan their future.
All the plans the couple had before their win have simply become more affordable. Their yacht will not change but their adventures will. There will be more trips on the boat but also charter trips abroad and a visit to Cathy’s sister in Canada.
Cathy said, “It’s been magical to think about our hopes and dreams for the future, knowing that when we get back we can make a difference to our live but also those nearest and dearest to us.”
Already content with their busy lives, Richard and Cathy are quite happy to consider a new house and car but will not let their UK lottery draw win change them. They are determined to stay in Ipswich and commented, “We have great friends and we already had a great life before the win, this is simply the very nice, top-of-the-range, icing on the cake.”
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We wish the best of luck to this contented couple.