Enter the realm of millionaires
How they won and how their lives have changed - the National Lottery's jackpot winners tell it all.
South Ockendon raffle win
An avid Elvis fan from South Ockendon scooped one of the 25 £1,000,000 Millionaire Raffle prizes in the EuroMillions New Year's Eve draw.
Vera Webber, a retired data-inputter, is still reeling from the win, especially as she initially thought her New Year windfall was £20,000, not a whopping, life-changing £1million.
Vera was busy celebrating New Year's Eve with friends so didn't realise she had started 2014 as a millionaire until the following day when she decided to check her numbers online. She said: "
There were about twenty of us welcoming in 2014 and I have to admit, the following day I was feeling a touch jaded. While I was pottering about later that afternoon I decided to check my Lucky Dip ticket online. I saw my numbers didn't match so worked my way down to the Raffle selection, and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw mine matched one of the 25 winning lines. I must have looked about ten times before ringing my daughter, Julie, to get her to double check."
Vera must have been slightly more jaded than she thought from the previous night's festivities as she initially believed her win was £20,000. It was only when Julie called her back and said: "
Mum, it's not £20,000, you're a millionaire", that she realised the magnitude of her win.
It is amazing," said Vera. "
Ever since Julie told me how much I'd really won it has been a series of celebrations and good old fashioned knees up with my family. As soon as I called through the win and it was verified by Camelot I gathered all the family, including my six grandchildren, to announce that I'd become a millionaire and I was taking them all to Disneyland Florida for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Being able to make that announcement was a feeling I'll never forget but it took some convincing to get them to believe me - I think they thought I'd finally lost the plot!"
The winning ticket was bought in Tesco Extra, Lakeside. The winning EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle selection was XX.
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