The couple can now buy four Caribbean islands or the equivalent of 11 six-bedroom luxury properties in London’s Hyde Park
A Gloucestershire couple have been announced as the winners of the UK’s biggest lottery jackpot ever.
The pair take home a whopping £184million.
They were named as Joe and Jess Thwaite at a press conference in Cheltenham today (Thursday 19 May) as they celebrated their big win.
In 2010, Cirencester natives Justine Laycock and Nigel Page were announced as winners of a £56million jackpot.
Who are the EuroMillions jackpot winners?
Jess, 44, runs the business side of a hair salon she runs with her sister while her husband Joe, 49, is a communications sales engineer.
The couple, who have been married for eleven years, have two children of primary school age.
Joe also has two children at the university from a previous marriage.
When Jess’ father died about seven years ago, Joe took on the task of playing The National Lottery.
Jess said: “My dad played the National Lottery his whole life and always dreamed of winning.
“He always asked us what we would do if we won, how we would spend it, who we would treat. It was a normal conversation and I feel like he set us up.”
Joe said: “The family always asks me if I have a ticket for the big draws. Although I don’t play every week, I do a lucky dip when there’s a big jackpot. Although I don’t feel like I’ve had much luck in the past.”
Jess continued, “Many times Joe would tell me he wasn’t lucky enough and I should be.
“I’m so glad he continued and while my dad prepared me, I’m not sure anyone is really prepared for a win like this.”
How did you find out you won?
They bought their EuroMillions Lucky Dip ticket on the National Lottery app and received an email the next morning saying there was good news about their ticket.
Joe said: “I looked it up and saw we won. I’ve seen a lot and I didn’t know what to do.
“I couldn’t go back to sleep, I didn’t want to wake Jess up so I just lay there for what seemed like forever. I spent some time looking for real estate with no budget constraint, which was a novelty.”
Eventually the alarm clock rang and Joe said to her, “I have a secret, I have something to tell you.”
Jess’ initial reaction when presented with the news was one of disbelief because she thought Joe was wrong, the National Lottery app was fake, or it was a joke.
Eventually she decided that it wasn’t worth getting upset about because it probably wasn’t true.
She got up to make herself some coffee and went about her normal morning routine.
The couple called Camelot when the National Lottery Line opened at 8am and then had their life-changing win confirmed.
Despite being told they were about to become Britain’s biggest winners of all time, the two still didn’t quite believe it and so continued on with the school run as usual and settled down to work from home.
What will they do with money?
Jess said: “The win gives us time to dream that we didn’t have before.
“We had a week to think about it and now we have time to share many experiences and go on adventures with our family and friends.”
The couple announced that they want to do some DIY jobs around the house.
Ms Thwaite said there was “so much to do” and they currently have a “bucket in the hallway to catch the rain every time it rains”.
She added, “We’ve been saving to build something on the house and we’re waiting until it’s not that expensive.”
Her husband added that the hair salon is “really struggling” with fewer people coming in and utility bills soaring during COVID.
Her winning numbers on May 10th were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9.
This is the second EuroMillions jackpot won in the UK this year, with £109 million won in February.
The couple can now buy four Caribbean islands with a few million pounds left, or the equivalent of 11 luxury six-bedroom properties in London’s Hyde Park.
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