What’s it like to win a million on the Lottery? Here’s how a couple from Whittlesey reacted when they celebrated the news
PUBLISHED: 13:58 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 September 2018
Ady Kerry / Camelot
A couple from Whittlesey are searching for a new family home after they matched five numbers on EuroMillions HotPicks to win £1 million.
While it was Charlotte Peart, 28, who bought their lucky dip ticket on a whim, husband Daniel, 27, believes it’s his positivity that actually made the win happen.
Charlotte said: “Ever since he was a young lad Daniel has been convinced he will win the lottery so he’s sure he willed it to happen.
“I don’t mind if it was his belief or my decision to spend that spare £1.50 on EuroMillions HotPicks but whatever it is, we couldn’t be happier.”
The couple’s lucky journey started when Charlotte was buying a couple of EuroMillions tickets for the Tuesday August 28 draw online and seeing there was £1.50 left in their lottery account, she decided to buy a EuroMillions HotPicks line too.
She said: “I think I’ve only bought a EuroMillions HotPicks twice before so I don’t know why I decided to buy that one but I’m very glad I did.
“The following morning I was checking my emails in bed and saw one from The National Lottery with news about my ticket. As I was having coffee later I decided to log in, expecting to see a small amount but deep down I was daydreaming it could be a big win.”
At home with the couple’s three children Charlotte’s daydream turned to reality when she logged on and saw that message congratulating her on a one million win.
Barely able to speak, she rang her husband of five years and simply said ‘we’ve won it, we’ve won a million’.
Self-employed carpenter Daniel was on a busy building site when the call came through so wasn’t sure he’d heard his wife correctly.
He said: “About a month ago Charlotte played a scratchcard and joked with me that she’d won £250,000 so when she first rang I thought it was another wind-up. It was only when she sent me a screenshot of the winning message that I realised it was true and from then on it’s been crazy.”
With news of their millionaire status sinking in, Daniel headed home while Charlotte rang Camelot. When the win was confirmed she simply burst into laughter and then tears of joys, which continued until Daniel got home and the pair could cry and laugh together.
Looking ahead they are very clear about their future plans with property playing a big part. Top of the list is a new home which will replace the current three-bed they worked so hard to buy.
Charlotte said: “We made lots of sacrifices and saved so hard for the deposit for this home so I’ll always be really proud that we managed to do that but it will be so nice to have a bigger place where the children don’t need to share a bedroom.
“We’ve no plans to leave the area, all our friends and family are here, and we love it.
“As well as our new home, we are going looking for an investment property. Daniel has always wanted to start property developing so he’s giving up work to look for the first place.
“In the longer term we might even try and build our own home, but that’s some way off yet”.