EuroMillions Winners Revealed!
The winners of the £91 million EuroMillions jackpot last Friday 6 November have now been revealed. One of the two winning tickets was purchased by a syndicate of IT workers in Liverpool, and the other was bought by Les Scadding and his wife Samantha, who live in Caerleon, Wales. Confirmation of the winners means that the Scaddings have definitely beaten Angela Kelly’s record for the biggest individual win in UK lottery history when she won £35.4 million in 2007.
Only 25% of lottery jackpot winners opt for publicity, so we are fortunate that the Scaddings decided to join the minority and share their good news with the millions of other National Lottery players who have been so excited by the win. Then again, opting for publicity was perhaps the most sensible option. Although the Scaddings will obviously be the talk of the nation for several months, they will eventually be able to return to their lives without always having to worry about being identified by tabloid newspapers and the like.
Les had bought his ticket from a Tesco store in Newport. When he later handed that same ticket over to a lottery retailer to check if it had won a prize, he didn’t get the straightforward yes or no answer that he had expected.
“When I asked the people behind the counter to check the numbers the machine just printed out a pink slip telling me to contact Camelot,” Les said. “I thought I might have won around £50,000 and I rushed home to tell Samantha.”
The couple sensibly checked their lottery results online, then had to wait a while for the reality of the situation to sink in before calling Camelot to make their claim. Les and Samantha are now planning to buy a new home, but will continue to live in Wales.
The lottery syndicate of IT workers in Liverpool consisted of seven members, so each one will enjoy a £6.5 million share of the £45.5 million win. The leader of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ syndicate is 57 year old John Walsh, who intends to go Christmas shopping in New York – something that many lottery winners find appealing at this time of year.
We congratulate Les, Samantha and all members of the Magnificent Seven, and remind everyone else that there is a tantalising double rollover Lotto jackpot of £11 million to play for on Wednesday 11 November. You can also buy lottery tickets online for Friday’s £13 million EuroMillions jackpot.Tuesday 10th November 2009
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