Life changing

Win transforms young family’s life

A couple from Maidstone have won a prize on The National Lottery which will be truly life changing.

Adam, 33, and Amy, 28, Pryor are over the moon that their Lucky Dip ticket won £1M on EuroMillions Millionaire Maker. But the win is especially special as it will enable them to be there for their eight-month-old daughter, Charlotte, who has significant health problems.

Young family can now do ‘absolute best’ for sick daughter

A shocked Adam said, “I don’t really believe in fate but on this occasion I think I might, the timing of our win really couldn’t have been better as until last Tuesday the future was looking a bit grim.

“Charlotte needs almost constant one-to-one care and has frequent hospital appointments so we had decided that Amy would not return to work at the end of the month as originally planned. While it was absolutely a decision we were happy with for Charlotte, it meant I was taking all the overtime I could – 60 hours last month – and then barely saw my little family.

“And now, when we needed it most, Lady Luck has stepped in and we couldn’t be more relieved.”

Online win

The couple’s journey to millionaire status started at 6am on Wednesday morning when Adam, who plays by direct debit, received an email to say he’d had a win.

“I was just getting up for work and sorting out Charlotte when I saw the email but guessed it was a couple of quid so ignored the message. About an hour later I decided to log-on to my account just to see the amount and slightly bleary-eyed thought it was £1,000 until my sleepy brain processed that there were too many noughts and the win was a million. I turned to Amy saying ‘we’ve won a million’ but she just told me to shut up and stop being so silly!”

Now and for the future

With the money in the bank Amy, a former Nursery Manager, doesn’t think it’s quite so silly and is hopeful for her family’s future.

“It goes without saying we would give it all back in a heartbeat if it meant that Charlotte’s health problems would vanish but that’s not possible so instead this money will mean that we can do our absolute best for her, now and for the future.

“We can buy a family home that will meet all our needs and new cars for us both, but it’s the little things that this win will help with. The endless trips to London for hospital appointments were an expensive exercise. And we always had to work out if we could afford for Adam to take a day of unpaid leave to attend an important appointment. Those financial considerations just won’t matter now and we can instead put our energies into Charlotte.

“It’s just amazing, and goes to show you never know what the future will hold. £1million won’t change Charlotte’s health but it will dramatically change how we can manage it and that’s a miracle in itself.”

Treats planned

Alongside the financial security and new home, the couple are planning a few treats including a UK holiday, their first as a family, and in the future a dream trip to Disneyland. But the list doesn’t stop there for Amy.

“Call me decadent but I’m going to splash out on a cordless hoover too. Come to think of it, I could even invest in a cleaner, now there’s a thought!”

Adam bought the family’s winning EuroMillions Millionaire Maker ticket online at national-lottery.co.uk.

8th September 2017

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