A EuroMillions winner whose daughter thought his victory was a scam has joked his wife has “spent it already”, just months after receiving the money.
Neil and Sue Smart from East Devon couldn’t believe their luck when they scooped £1,000,000 on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker in March, and haven’t wasted time in spending their new found fortune.
The pair didn’t check their numbers after the March 5 draw, so when Neil had a message two days later on the National Lottery app telling him to check his numbers, his daughter was suspicious.
He told DevonLive : “We found out on the Sunday. My wife works at Tesco petrol station and she had to go to work.
“One of my daughters was upstairs and my son was in bed.
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“I thought I’d check to see if I needed to put on a line for next week. When I logged in I immediately saw a message which said, ‘Congratulations you’ve won £1M’.
“At first I thought, that seems dodgy so I got my daughter and she said it looked like a scam.”
Although Neil had his suspicions, he was not convinced it was a scam as it was on the lottery account.
He said: “I waiting until the next day to find out as I needed to ring them. We didn’t get much sleep that night!”
Neil said that he went to work the next day as normal, and spoke to Camelot at 9am to receive the news that, yes, he was a millionaire and, after letting Sue know the good news, he went back to work to complete his shift.
It has been a number of months since the family discovered their big win, and Neil has revealed that they have now bought a four-bedroom property.
Jokingly he said: “My wife has spent it all already! I am still working, I’m too young to retire.
“We have now moved around three miles outside of Seaton. We lived in a terrace house but we wanted more room.
“It’s got scope, so if one of my parents needed to live with us, so that’s what we have done.”
Neil says that the family have been quite sensible since winning the money, however they have splashed out on a few luxury buys.
He said: “We bought the house for around £600,000.
“So, £400,000 isn’t a lot to live on. The wife has given up work.
“We have put some money away in Premium Bonds and such.
“I bought a new car, a Mazda C-X5. I did look at a Jaguar, but I scaled down as my brain just went, be careful with your money.
“Me and Sue have booked a cruise in 2022 around the Caribbean for a fortnight.”
Neil says that the only advice he really has for those who want to win on the Euromillions is that you don’t have to play all of the time.
He said: “Some people are religious with it, they do it week in and week out.
“Just do it every now and again like I had done.
“I still play sometime, I won £2.70 just last week!”
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