It's been dubbed "Winsby" by its residents, and it's easy to see why! The area of North East Lincolnshire has been proving itself lucky to lotto players since 1998 - and this month cemented its status as England's luckiest town by playing host to EuroMillions winners, Malcolm Taylor and Mary Connor.
Seventeen years ago, North East Lincolnshire saw not one, not two, but three multi-million-pound jackpots going to its lucky lotto residents, and since then has seen a further nine players hit the big one on their choice of lottery.
Perhaps it's something in the air, or even in the water, but whatever it is, Malcolm Taylor and his partner Mary Connor are the latest "Winsby" residents to strike it lucky on the lotto in a big way - with a win of £209,614.40 on the St Patrick's Day draw. Of course, when you combine the luck of the Irish with the proven luck of "Winsby", hitting the lotto jackpot seems an almost foregone conclusion!
Winsby grandfather celebrates lotto windfall
Despite being a local in one of England's luckiest towns, Malcolm was still shocked to find he was the latest in a long line of lotto winners. A grandfather of 15, he was unprepared for what awaited him online when he logged on to check his numbers.
“I couldn’t stop staring at the screen", he remembers. "We’ve won small amounts before but never anything as big as this! I went downstairs to see Mary and said, ‘I think we might have won the EuroMillions’. After I showed her the ticket she couldn’t believe it either. We were both like children waiting for Christmas that night, we hardly got any sleep as we had to wait until the next morning to call Camelot to confirm that we had in fact won.”
Mary was just as excited at her partner's lotto good fortune: “Malcolm came to tell me we’d won but he was so calm I didn’t quite believe him at first. I was that excited I couldn’t sleep on Tuesday night. I kept saying ‘I can’t believe we’ve won’; things like this don’t happen to people like us.”
So what are the lucky couple planning on doing with their £200,000 lotto jackpot? It looks like thrilling holiday plans are at the top of their must-do list, with an American adventure most definitely on the cards, including a Death Valley road trip in a Ford Mustang convertible.
“We already had a trip to Toronto planned later this year for a wedding but now we can really make the most of it and go to places that we’ve always wanted to visit like Las Vegas, Arizona and Niagara Falls", says an excited Malcolm. “We will also be able to live a lifelong dream of mine and will be travelling across Death Valley in a Ford Mustang Convertible. I can’t wait!”
Malcolm and Mary are also looking forward to being able to spoil their six children and their families, and spread the love with their lotto windfall. “We wanted to surprise all of the children once we knew the money was safely in the bank and give them each a share of our winnings", says Malcolm. "We have a big family and to be able to treat all of them is a fantastic feeling.”
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