It might be a little difficult for you to understand how someone can forget that they have a winning lottery ticket in their pocket which can turn them into an instant multimillionaire, but that’s exactly what happened to Mary Hamilton. Once she realized she had become a winner, she vowed to help both sides of the community. She also treated her 21 nieces and nephews, along with her family and friends.
Sharing the fortune with her husband, Sandy, they treated their group of family and friends to a celebratory party at the Culloden Hotel – which is five-star of course. Being the second largest winner in Northern Ireland, the lucky jackpot winner admitted that the winning EuroMillions ticket which she was in possession of was from a while ago. The realization only kicked in a week after the draw, when she stopped off at the same store where she had bought her last ticket. Thinking that she would never win big, she didn’t usually check her tickets. It’s a good thing that she did then though, with everything clicking into place after she was told that they couldn’t give her prize then, with the amount being too big. It still didn’t click for Hamilton, who had thought that she had just won more than the £36 that she had gotten in one of the recent draws. The couple were welcomed back home by their neighbours who cheered them on with champagne, but this didn’t help with letting it all sink in. On how she felt after she found out that she had just become a multimillionaire, Mary said:
“For the first 24 hours I didn’t feel anything. It was just a rollercoaster of ups and downs”.
As husband and wife, they worked for 30 years collecting payments on behalf of a furniture store. Mary intends to make good on all of the promises that she made to the loyal customers, whom she always told that they would be second on the list after her family if she ever won the lottery. This would be her way of saying thank you for helping to keep the couple in a job. Other plans for how they will be spending their winnings include supporting their favourite charities, and getting a new dog after their previous one passed away. Thanks to their winning lottery numbers, Mary and her husband will be retiring to the north coast and will enjoy several cruises – which we think they deserve. Well done to these winners!
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