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Meet our 5000th millionaire – The Stickleys from Slough

A couple from Slough discovered they won the entire Lotto jackpot worth more than £21Million and found themselves being crowned the National Lottery’s 5000th millionaire.

Donna and David Stickley only made the amazing discovery one week after the draw, after carrying around the ticket in Donna’s handbag.

£21Million tizz

Donna (48) always buys a Lotto ticket every Friday night on the way to the pub with David (58). On a shopping trip one week later, Donna checked the ticket and discovered they had won some money when she was told to call Camelot. She called David right away, who was at his work.

David explained, “Last Saturday, Donna called me at work and all I could hear was lots of funny breathing down the phone, like something was wrong – she was all in a tizz. She said she’d been told to contact Camelot by the shop because we had won some money. She said ‘I’ve checked on the internet and I think we may have won £2Million but it just doesn’t look right’.

“I told her to go and double check again as things like this don’t happen to people like us. She sent me a text with the amount on it from the internet but she had read the amount wrong – it wasn’t £2Million, it was £21Million!

“Not knowing what to do as I was in the middle of a shift, I called and told her to put it somewhere safe so we could deal with it later. I suggested maybe she could go shopping or do something to take her mind off it – she was all over the place and I thought it may distract her until I finished work and we could decide what to do next! The rest is history.”

Pots, pans and other plans

Donna, who works at an engineering firm as an office manager, has been with David for 20 years but only tied the knot in March this year when they thought ‘it was about time they got married’.

David said Donna wanted some new pots and pans when they got married which she hasn’t yet bought, so he joked he may put an extra ‘£10 towards them too’.

The couple, who have no children, have been considering what to do next, but are keen to ensure David’s mother and Donna’s father are looked after as a priority, as they are not in the best of health.

“As you would expect, some things have had to be put to one side while we take time to look after our elderly mum and dad. We’ve always said to them whatever care they need we will find the money, so this makes the situation even more manageable.”

Celebrating in style

As well as looking after those close to them, they plan to go on a beach holiday quite soon to relax and work out what they want to do next. David said they are considering buying a new car and will look to invest some of the win.

“We intend to celebrate in style – we will do something we aren’t ever going to forget as this is an unbelievable time for us both.”

25th May 2018

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