‘Football Widow’ Wins £ 1million With Boredom Bought Lottery Ticket
A ‘football widow’ who bought a national lottery ticket to ease boredom during the famous European Championship after winning £ 1million.
Sammantha Young decided to buy the ticket while her husband Paul watched the last of many Euro 2020 matches on July 2.
The 33-year-old won her prize in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw after also winning £ 20 in the Instant Win game on the national lottery app that evening.
Ms Young, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, said: “Like the rest of the country, I was so proud to support the England team and cheered them on until the final.
“However, my husband watched every group game and it was a bit taxing at times, which is why I brightened up my Friday night with a glass of Prosecco and an instant win game of the National Lottery.
“I won £ 20, which I then used to buy some Lucky Dip tickets for that night’s EuroMillions draw.
“Right before I went to bed I reconnected and saw that there was no jackpot winner so I thought that was it, I had no idea I would wake up a millionaire.”
Ms Young said when she checked her emails the next morning she thought she had only won £ 1,000.
She said: “I’m a little embarrassed to admit that although I am a chartered accountant, working with numbers every day, it was Paul who took a closer look at the post and pointed out that what I thought was £ 1,000 was a thousand times more and was in fact £ 1million.
“Neither of us was willing to dare to believe the victory was real. We were convinced that was wrong and that somehow I had been scammed.
Ms Young, a mother of two, said the money would give the family security but also pay for luxuries such as a dream vacation to Bora Bora in French Polynesia and a Range Rover Sport car.
She said: “We are very lucky, we are already living well on a daily basis, but I am the main breadwinner and due to my bipolar I was unable to purchase life insurance.
“It always worried me that if anything happened to me, the future of Paul and our children would not be so secure.
“Now we can use our earnings to pay off the rest of the mortgage, plan some amazing getaways, splurge on a few treats, and then put the rest aside in long-term, secure investments for the future. “
Mr Young, 39, said the victory would help him watch more football with a season pass in Liverpool, while their teenage daughter’s wishlist included a diamond ring and a Gucci bag and their son only asked for a fidget spinner.
Ms Young was one of 20 players to win £ 1million in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw on July 2.