THE future is set to be plain sailing for three lucky colleagues who have scooped £1m playing EuroMillions.
But despite their good fortune on Friday night, Terry Hunt, Andy Wallace and Alison Gruar have still turned up to work at a local sailing holiday firm this week.
Syndicate leader Terry, 41, realised the trio were in line for the windfall after checking their ticket online on Monday.
They had bought it from Tesco Extra at North Harbour in Portsmouth.
Terry, from Havant, said: ‘You can imagine the commotion in the office and it was so nice that everyone was genuinely delighted for us. In fact it was only towards the end of the day that I realised I’d left the winning ticket lying around on my desk for most of the time – we were all so carried away with excitement.’
The group have played the EuroMillions every Tuesday and Friday for the past three years. On the night they won, the trio had reinvested previous winnings by purchasing two extra tickets, selecting Lucky Dips for five lines at a cost of £10..
While their numbers did not match the balls which were drawn, they did cash in because one of their tickets bore the Millionaire Raffle selection – BXP474879 – which nets £1m for the lucky recipient.
Terry added: ‘After all the commotion I called my fiancée, Adele, to tell her my news. Apparently I had turned white and was shaking as I made the call.
‘It’s been a real rollercoaster of emotions ever since and very surreal.
‘We are planning our wedding at the moment and it’s already our dream wedding so we won’t change that but this win opens up a whole world of possibilities for our honeymoon. We are thinking about going to Iceland to take our son to see the Northern Lights.
‘We were hoping to buy a house and this win will make that wish a reality.’
Syndicate member Andy, 45, from Fareham, said: ‘We waited the longest seven minutes of our lives for the Lottery prize validation line to open at 9am on Monday morning.’
He added: ‘My priority will be paying off the mortgage and setting aside some money for the children from what I will always think of as ‘Wonderful Monday,’ the day that Terry, Alison and I found out we’d won £1m. But, one frivolous moment for me will be to buy a Land Rover.’
Alison, 35, of Purbrook, had a good night’s sleep after learning of the win. She said: ‘I got married in January and then bought a new house – we also have a young child so I have been really worried about money to the point that I have been losing sleep.
‘This win is a game-changer for me.’