Moment winner Devon EuroMillions took home £ 1million prize “before his wife spent it”
A EuroMillions millionaire from Devon speculated that a message to verify his winning numbers was a scam.
In March, East Devon’s Neil and Sue Smart did not realize until three days after the draw that they had won £ 1,000,000 on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker.
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The Seaton pair did not verify their numbers after the Friday March 5 draw. So when Neil got a message two days later on the National Lottery app telling him to check his numbers, he thought it was a scam.
He said: “We found out on Sunday. My wife works at the Tesco gas station and she had to go to work.
“One of my daughters was upstairs and my son was in bed.
“I thought I would check if I needed to put a line in for next week. When I logged in I immediately saw a message saying: ‘Congratulations you have won £ 1million’.
“At first I thought it sounded fishy so I got my daughter and she said it sounded like a scam.”
Although Neil had his suspicions, he wasn’t convinced it was a scam like it was with the lottery account.
He said: “I waited until the next day to find out because I had to call them. We didn’t get much sleep that night!”
Neil said he went to work the next day as usual and spoke to Camelot at 9am to get the news that, yes, he was a millionaire and after telling Sue of the good news he returned. at work to finish his shift. .
It has been several months since the family found out about their big win, and Neil revealed that they have now purchased a four bedroom property.
Jokingly he said: “My wife has already spent it all! I’m still working, I’m too young to retire.
“We have now moved about three miles from Seaton. We lived in a townhouse but wanted more space.
“He has reach, so if either of my parents needed to live with us, we did.”
Neil says the family have been pretty sane since earning the money, but have had some luxury expenses.
He said: “We bought the house for around £ 600,000.
“So £ 400,000 is not a lot to live on. The woman has stopped working.
“We put money aside in premium bonds and things.
“I bought a new car, a Mazda C-X5. I looked at a Jaguar, but shrunk my brain as I went, watch your money.
“Me and Sue booked a 2022 Caribbean cruise for two weeks.”
Neil says the only advice he really has for those who want to win Euromillions is that you don’t have to play all the time.
He said, “Some people are religious with it, they do it week after week.
“Do it every now and then like I did.
“I still play sometimes, I won £ 2.70 last week!”
Neil today joined other local lottery millionaires to clean up a beach in Bude.
The Litter Pick is made up of a team of South West National Lottery winners, who partnered with the National Lottery-funded 2 Minute Foundation to help clean up Cornish Beach after a busy summer of visitors.
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