Lottery prankster wins £1Million for real
A wife who pranked her husband that she had won £250Thousand on a Scratchcard, scooped a £1Million EuroMillions HotPicks prize just three weeks later. Self-employed carpenter Daniel Peart, 27, thought it was a wind-up when his wife Charlotte, 28, phoned to break the good news – for real this time.
Charlotte bought their winning EuroMillions HotPicks Lucky Dip ticket on a whim. The young couple from Whittlesey, couldn’t believe their luck and a previous prank made it all seem too good to be true.
Charlotte was at home with the couple’s three children when she logged on and saw a message congratulating her on a £1Million win. Barely able to speak, she rang her husband of 5 years and simply said ‘we’ve won it, we’ve won a million’.
Daniel was on a busy building site when the call came through so wasn’t sure he’d heard his wife correctly, and given her recent wind-up, wasn’t sure he should even believe her.
“About a month ago Charlotte played a Scratchcard and joked with me that she’d won £250,000 so when she first rang I thought it was another wind-up. It was only when she sent me a screenshot of the winning message that I realised it was true and from then on it’s been crazy.”
Looking ahead, the couple are clear about their future plans with property playing a big part. Top of the list is a new home which will replace the current three-bed they worked so hard to buy.
“We made lots of sacrifices and saved so hard for the deposit for this home so I’ll always be really proud that we managed to do that but it will be so nice to have a bigger place where the children don’t need to share a bedroom. We’ve no plans to leave the area, all our friends and family are here, and we love it,” Charlotte said.
As well as our new home, we are looking for an investment property. Daniel has always wanted to start property developing so he’s giving up work to look for the first place. In the longer term we might even try and build our own home, but that’s some way off yet!”
Walking on air
While bricks and mortar is the priority, there are a few planned treats including an upgrade to Charlotte’s beloved Ford Kuga to ‘one with a DAB radio,’ new golf clubs for Daniel, hoverboards for the children – and Daniel! – and a possible Christmas trip to Lapland.
While Charlotte bought the ticket, she believes that it was Daniel’s positivity that actually made the win happen.
“Ever since he was a young lad Daniel has been convinced he will win the lottery so he’s sure he willed it to happen. I don’t mind if it was his belief or my decision to spend that spare £1.50 on EuroMillions HotPicks but whatever it is, we couldn’t be happier!”
5th September 2018