A MUM from Selsey is today looking forward to moving into the house of her dreams after winning £1m in the lottery.
Delighted Donna Smith won the seven-figure sum on EuroMillions Millionaire Maker.
The 41-year-old had just returned from a two week holiday in Corfu when she discovered the life-changing news after she checked her ticket at the Southern Co-Op, in Selsey, where she also works.
Donna bought the July 1 ticket as a special gift to herself before heading away abroad. She flew to Corfu and back without losing the lucky slip.
‘When I returned from holiday I asked my work mates to check the ticket for me and it came up with a message saying I needed to call Camelot,’ she said.
‘That was the longest walk home from work I have ever done. I kept running into friends and, of course, it’s the most natural thing in the world to stop and chat, especially when you are just back from holiday but I was desperate to get home and make the call.
While I was phoning Camelot, my daughter Bryony checked online and immediately burst into tears but I kept saying no, no, you must have got it wrongDonna Smith, 41
‘While I was phoning Camelot, my daughter Bryony checked online and immediately burst into tears but I kept saying no, no, you must have got it wrong.
‘When Camelot told me I had won £1m I still couldn’t believe it.
‘I went out to a hen night that evening and found it very difficult to keep the news quiet and my daughter had to go off to work and it took a bit of time for her to calm down.
‘It makes me shudder to think how easily I could have lost my £1m pound ticket.
‘I took it on holiday with me in my purse and left it in all sorts of places including ten seats in front on me on the plane coming home.
‘There was no room in the overhead lockers near me so my hand luggage was ten rows ahead.
‘I would have kept it close by my side had I known it was worth £1m.
‘I bought the ticket from the Southern Co-Op in Selsey where I work and I was asked whether I was going to stop working but I love my job so I’m definitely going to carry on. My boss now thinks I’m a lucky mascot!”
Donna lives with her daughter, Bryony, 18, and her parents live nearby. They are a close family and Donna had no trouble deciding how to spend her fortune.
‘I am buying three houses – one for me, one for my daughter and one for my parents. In fact, we have already had our offers accepted for my house and my daughter’s house, I just need to find one for my parents.
‘I’m renting at the moment so this really is a life-changing win for me. We can’t wait to move in to our three houses.’
Every week EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker guarantees to create two millionaires – one on a Tuesday and one on a Friday.