When you read about lottery results in the paper, you always hear about what people are going to do - what their plans are for the money, the debts they'll pay off, the cars and houses and small islands they'll buy. You rarely, if ever, hear about any lottery winners after the fact - if they did indeed follow through with their plans, if they still have any of their lottery winnings left, if they're living the life of Riley, as we all imagine they must be.
That's why we were so excited to read about a special initiative on the part of the UK National Lottery, marking 20 years since the first draw on 19 November 1994. In celebration of this momentous event, the Lotto organisers brought together a selection of their biggest winners over the past two decades to recount their experiences and catch up with what they've been up to since hitting the big one. The UK National Lottery has turned over 3 700 lucky winners into millionaires since it first started operating, and has helped raise more than £32 billion in charitable donations for worthy causes across Britain. Here are just some of the lives that have been changed as a result:
Mark Brudenell, 50: After winning a lotto jackpot of £916,915 in February 1997, Mark and his wife used some of their winnings to establish their very own double glazing business, as well as buying a Range Rover Sport and an Audi A5. The winnings have helped set the couple up for life, and they continue to go from strength to strength, using their fabulous luxury cars to get them there in style.
Eloise Heard, 22: One of the UK's youngest lotto winners, Eloise walked off with a staggering £1,346,840 in December 2011 at the age of just 19. Since then she's used her winnings to buy a car, a house and to pay for her wedding and honeymoon earlier this year. The windfall has also helped to set her and her husband up in separate businesses, and has given them financial security for life - not bad for a couple in their twenties!
Matt Myles, 28: Some people go into business when they win the lottery - others go party. That's exactly what Matt Myles did when he won a EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle prize of £1,000,000 in April 2014. He immediately quit his job, took his brother and two friends to Indonesia, and has been travelling the world ever since. Nice work if you can get it!
Deana Sampson, 52: From struggling mum to successful entrepreneur, Deana Sampson took her £5,439,681 win from October 1996 and made every penny count! A mobile hairdresser before her massive jackpot win, Deana and her husband were battling to make ends meet for themselves and their two children, in their council house in Sheffield. Using her business nous however, Deana invested in an online lingerie company as well as the hospitality industry, and today has a health rental property portfolio that includes a holiday house in Florida. We hope you've got room for us when we come to stay Deana!
Brian Caswell, 79: We want grandparents like these! When Brian Caswell won a EuroMillions jackpot of £24,951,269 in June 2009, he and his wife Joan used part of their winnings to charter a private jet to Lapland, for a family trip to see Father Christmas! Can we come too next time Brian? We promise we've been very nice!
As you can see, winning the UK National Lottery opens up a world of possibilities for you, from luxury cars and houses to local and international businesses, financial security, and trips to the North Pole as well! If you can dream it, lottery winnings can do it, all with the flair and style that fantasy spending sprees are made of. So make your dreams come true with the UK National Lottery and GiantLottos.com today - just buy a ticket, and take the first step to becoming the next lotto millionaire!
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