Minehead couple win £1 million in National Lottery Euromillions Millionaire Raffle draw
The number 13 has proved a super-lucky omen for a Somerset couple who began 2013 by scooping £1 million in the Euromillions Millionaire Raffle prize.
Roger Whitehouse and his wife, Kath, from Minehead, had a frightening end to 2012 when Mr Whitehouse was rushed into hospital with a suspected heart attack.
Doctors said Mr Whitehouse, 67, had suffered an angina attack, and due to previous heart problems kept him in hospital until New Year’s Day.
Mr Whitehouse, a retired British Gas engineer, who was born and brought up in Swindon, said: “I was in bed number 13 on the ward in hospital and was let out on the first day of 2013, which wouldn’t usually be lucky.
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“I was staying with my son in Swindon at the time and on the way home I asked him where I could buy a lottery ticket locally as I knew it was a big New Year draw and I always buy a Euromillions ticket for the big draws.”
The following day Mr Whitehouse realised he had become a millionaire when he and his wife went shopping and picked up a print-out of the winning Euromillions New Year draw and raffle numbers at the supermarket.
Yesterday, as the couple were presented with a jumbo-sized cheque and celebratory champagne in the historic setting of St Audries Park Hotel, West Quantoxhead, Mr Whitehouse admitted that the shock of winning could have been a bit much for his heart. But he added: “I’ve got a very good family and they told me to calm down.
“At first I saw that I’d matched one number and a couple of Lucky Stars, so assumed I’d won less than £10. It was only when I checked again that I realised I’d matched the raffle selection for £1 million as well. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“We had such a stressful start to the year and then it all turned around in one moment.”
The couple, who have two children, five grandchildren, aged from 14 to 25 and three great-grandchildren, plan to move from their one-bedroom flat to a new two-bedroom bungalow with a garden. They will upgrade their Ford Focus to a newer model but have no plans for a hugely expensive lifestyle.
“It’s our dream to have a bungalow with a garden where I can grow cabbages; and now that dream will come true. We’ll also be able to help our grandchildren out and start 2013 with no money worries. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate a new year,” said Mr Whitehouse.
And they have no plans to leave Minehead, to where they moved a year ago from Cornwall to be nearer family in Swindon. Mr Whitehouse, who enjoys fishing for cod, said: “We just love it here.”
Their winning ticket was bought at the Nisa store in Wingate Parade, Swindon, for the special New Year’s Day draw that created 25 millionaires.