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Win foretold in the stars for two best friends!
Two women who are best friends are celebrating after lady luck smiled on the pair to deliver a £336,277.60 win in the EuroMillions draw on 22 March 2013.
Carly Wiggett (23) and Becky Witt (24) became the best of friends when they started secondary school in Dartford. Quickly becoming inseparable, the pair have enjoyed many memorable moments together but none quite as life-changing as their EuroMillions win which they discovered as they were getting ready for a Friday night out.
The amazing windfall came about after Carly's mum read the lucky duo's stars in a daily paper's horoscope, which suggested they could be in for a win if they played together. They are both Police Community Support Officers in Lambeth and lift-share, so on the way home from work on Thursday they laughed about Carly's mum's advice but picked some numbers ready to play EuroMillions the following night.
They joked about winning and how they might celebrate, never thinking that the stars had aligned to make that joke a reality.
Carly commented; "
When my mum told me about the horoscope in the paper we both thought it was a bit of fun and thought, 'why not?'. We chose one line with important dates and another made up of numbers that came into our heads. I kept forgetting to buy a ticket and Becky kept nagging me to say we ought to listen to the stars, so it wasn't until the Friday evening as we were driving home with Becky that I finally bought the tickets for us online. One of our friends, Duncan, who was also in the car asked me to buy him a Lucky Dip®, which I did, sending a screen shot of the page to him so he had his details. We then got home and I thought no more about it, getting ready to go out with Becky later on."
It was while she was putting the finishing touches to her make-up that Carly received a message from Duncan urging her to check the EuroMillions numbers which he could see on the screenshot Carly had sent him earlier.
Believing it to be a wind up and thinking it too early in the evening for the draw to have taken place, Carly didn't take the message seriously but asked her sister to quickly check the EuroMillions draw just in case.
She said; "
My sister pulled up the numbers on a strange website and I saw that they matched, but because it wasn't the official site I still wasn't sure. Then Duncan text again and said we really had won with five numbers and one Lucky Star. At this point it started to sink in that we might just have won. I rang Becky and told her she better come round, now!"
By the time Becky arrived it was 10.30pm and the win was confirmed. There were lots of tears, screaming and laughter for the girls and their family, and a very good night out for the duo, who were each £168,138.80 better off.
Both Carly and Becky still live at home with their parents and, like many people, have been trying to save up enough money for a deposit on a house. This unexpected, yet predicted in the stars, windfall will now make those long held dreams of property ownership a reality. Keeping their feet firmly on the ground, and still reeling from the win, for now there are no plans for decadent treats for themselves although a fabulous girls' holiday might be on the cards.
Carly said; "
Since we met at secondary school we have shared just about everything, from holidays, college life and now even our careers, we are so close. To win EuroMillions with your best friend couldn't be better, it's just amazing we can share this experience together. I've decided Becky is my lucky charm, last time I won anything was £500 on a game of bingo when we were on holiday together in Norfolk!"
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