A family syndicate of five, with 23-year-old Stephanie Davies, her 30-year-old boyfriend Steve Powell, her 19-year-old sister Courtney, 53-year-old mom Sonia, and 55-year-old Sonia’s partner Keith Reynolds, from Monmouth, claims £61.1 million jackpot on 29 July, Friday.
Stephanie has purchased the six Lucky Dip tickets only after receiving a call from mother who was on holiday in Florida.
“I thought mum was mad calling me from holiday but they were so insistent I knew we had to do it,”she says celebrating jackpot winning.
Her mother called on Friday evening to tell that she was feeling very lucky after having successful operation of Tumour. Earlier this year Mrs Davies was diagnosed with tumour on her parathyroid gland and had a keyhole surgery in US.
“I had my operation on Wednesday and until then, we didn’t know how serious it was,” she said.
“They told me that if it hadn’t been removed it would have been fatal – at the very least I would have lost my voice within a year.”
“They managed to give me the all-clear straight after the operation, so as you would imagine, we were on cloud nine.”
“I had my surgery on the Wednesday and I suppose the Friday was the first day I felt ‘I am cured’, I felt good, and it didn’t hurt anymore.”Said Ms Davies.
She said, Keith was going through his emails and read about the EuroMillions rollover.
“He was convinced that we were the luckiest people on the planet and definitely on a winning streak after the success of my op so we called up my daughter, Courtney, to ask her to go and buy a ticket,” said Ms Davies.
“She was travelling and wasn’t about to change her plans so we called Stephanie instead as something told us we needed to get a ticket.”
Miss Davies purchased lucky tickets from the Overmonow Garage in Monmouth. She and her boyfriend did not check the tickets until the early morning on Sunday, after spending the evening with friends.
Mr Powell says: “We were laughing and joking about the lottery.”
“Steph remembered she had bought a ticket. She said ‘if I shout down it means we’ve won the lottery and if not, I’ve gone to bed’.
“She came down crying.”
Miss Davies has checked the numbers on her iPad and found that they have all of them with one UK ticket holder scooping the £61 million jackpot.
She said: “As soon as I saw that ticket I had my hands over my eyes, I was shaking, I was crying.
“I said to Steve ‘for once in my life I am not even joking’. We checked the ticket about ten times over.”
Expressing her reactions, Miss Davies added:
“We locked all our windows and doors and spoke in hushed voices just in case someone could hear that we had won.”
The winner family members are still thinking on what to do with their £12,220,488.58 shares of the jackpot.
Mr Powell and Miss Davies bought first home together at Christmas so have plan to finish decorations and a trip to the Caribbean.
Her sister Courtney, is planning to finish her psychology degree at the University of Southampton. However, she says she may splash out on an electric toothbrush and a new car to replace her ageing VW Fox.
Her boyfriend Kieran who studies at Reading University, is hoping she will also get the leak in his car fixed.
The old couple, who live near Ross-on-Wye, is going to share their win prize with family and friends. However, she wants a new oak carport for her property.
“Winning is just like living the dream,” she says.
The winning numbers from the EuroMillions