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Hairdresser wins a cut on EuroMillions

A Brecon hairdresser whose car broke down on his way to claim his £1 million EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize, has bought AA membership as one of his first post-win purchases.

And he was just lucky to even have a ticket for his winning draw after a busy day at the salon meant he was dashing out the door to buy his ticket with just four minutes to spare.

Richard Davies, 41, has owned Chop and Change salon in Talgarth for 14 years and was blown away when he realised his last-minute EuroMillions ticket had made him a millionaire.

Winning with flying colours

Richard and his partner Faye Stevenson, a nurse, both have hectic work schedules, so Richard admitted it was a whirlwind win from start to finish.

“I had forgotten to buy my ticket and, as ever, Friday had been frantic in the salon! I dashed out to the Co-Op round the corner just before the draw closed.

“I went back there to check my numbers the following Wednesday. I waited in quite a long queue and was told they were unable to pay out such a large amount.

“I rang Faye straight away and we were both in shock but I had a day full of appointments in the salon. As soon as I had a spare moment, I rang Camelot and was calmly taken through the winning process – I had to cut the call short as my client’s colour was ready and needed to be washed off!”

Millionaire motor cuts out

Richard and Faye decided to make it an extra special occasion and travel to Camelot’s Winners’ Lounge in Watford to claim their prize in person.

“We made it as far as Membury Services before the car broke down and we were a bit panicked we would miss our appointment.

“Faye rang and bought AA membership, and after hearing our story, they prioritised our call-out and we arrived at the Camelot offices with five minutes to spare.”


After 10 years as a couple, Richard and Faye are planning on splashing out on their first holiday together.

“We can’t believe our luck at all. I’m planning on carrying on at my salon but it will be great to start planning how to treat ourselves. We can’t believe our luck, really, neither can any of my clients!”

19th June 2018

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