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Epic 4,400 feet champagne spray

One of Scotland’s National Lottery millionaires has successfully climbed Ben Nevis and completed the UK’s highest Lottery champagne spray at 4,400 feet!

Edinburgh roofer John Edmond, won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2015, and faced treacherous weather conditions to tick off a lifelong dream from his bucket list.

The record-breaking champagne spray marked the creation of the National Lottery’s 5000th millionaire.

Ticking off the bucket list

John said, “I’ve always wanted to climb Ben Nevis so when the opportunity arose, I was up for the challenge. I’m not an avid hill walker or have much climbing experience, so I was a bit nervous as I knew I would have my work cut out for me – but also excited to be part of this once in a lifetime celebration.

“Scotland was looking glorious in the sunshine when we initially left ground level, however the conditions quickly changed as we reached the halfway mark – typical Scottish weather! Visibility was poor, I couldn’t see two or three feet in front of me, and the wind speeds were averaging 40mph. The heavy snow on the ground made it more challenging – but to me, it was all part of the adventure.

“With tough climbing, there were moments I was unsure if I was going to make it to the top, so I can’t put into words how I felt when I finally reached the summit. To know I was standing on the UK’s highest peak was an unbelievable achievement, made all the better with a chilled glass of champagne in my hand.

“I was honoured that The National Lottery asked me to participate in this opportunity out of all the millionaires in Scotland – it’s certainly one I will never forget.”

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