Life changing

Berwick-upon-Tweed mum scoops £1Million on EuroMillions

A retired care worker and keen knitter from Berwick-upon-Tweed has won £1Million on EuroMillions Millionaire Maker. She now has enough money to buy thousands of rolls of wool to fund her knitting for years to come.

Violet Grahamslaw, 63, only discovered that she had won the life changing amount after finding a pile of unchecked Lottery tickets and sending her husband John, 68, to the local store to see if any of them were lucky.

Violet explained, “As soon as John returned from the shop I knew something had happened with one of the tickets – he was shaking, chalk white and kept saying ‘call this number, call this number’. When Camelot confirmed that I had won £1 Million I just couldn’t believe it and I think I went into shock.

How much?

Violet continued, “The first person I called was my mum, who got a little confused and kept telling everyone I had won £1,000 and not £1 Million! I then called both my children, Paul, 33, and Tanya, 31, who couldn’t believe their ears but were completely over the moon for me.

“It still hasn’t properly sunk in yet and I can’t believe that this has happened to me. I’ve been playing the Lottery since it started in 1994, buying my tickets from the same shop every week, so it doesn’t feel real that I have actually won such an incredible sum of money.”

Spending and knitting

There are some clear plans for the win. “We’re in desperate need of a new kitchen so that is definitely first on my list, closely followed by a living room makeover and maybe some other rooms in the house too. I think I’ll also treat the kids and take the whole family on holiday to celebrate.

“Since retiring three years ago from Tweedview Residential Care Home I have been doing a lot of knitting and dress making, so I’ll be treating myself to a brand new sewing machine.”

8th September 2017

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