Paula Williamson won £1m on the EuroMillions, however, unlike most lottery winners she kept her win a secret from her two sons for five weeks!
Sneaky mum gave her sons the shock of their lives
The moment her son Jack, 26, arrived back from Australia she and her husband, a retired long-distance lorry driver, Geoff, 68, tricked their sons into going to a posh hotel. According to her sons, they were going to a celebration to mark 20 years of their mum's service at a local school.
Once at the Wentbridge House Hotel in Pontefract, West Yorks, they were greeted by Camelot staff who told them the life-changing news - and toasted the huge win with Champagne.
Plans for the £1m EuroMillions win
Speaking to lottery officials, the happy mum said that the first thing on her list was buying each of her sons a house of their own.
Her sons laughed at the news, saying, that as they both still live at home, that their mum wants to "get rid of them".
Paula said that she buys a Quickpick EuroMillions lottery ticket every week while out shopping with her husband. So, as usual, she picked up a ticket from Morrisons in Barnsley, South Yorks.
Little did she know that her ticket for the March 1 EuroMillions draw would be her lucky one.
"I always buy a EuroMillions ticket when I do my weekly shopping and at the same time check my ticket from the previous week.
"When I got to the till to check my ticket the machine made a noise and the shop assistant said I had won more than £500 so she couldn't pay out."
At first, she had won "around £550", but said she "couldn't believe it" when she realised she had just become a millionaire.
"I keep having to pinch myself and tell myself that I really am a millionaire."
She continued saying that she had no idea that she had won, as she walked around for just over a week with the winning EuroMillions ticket in her purse.
When asked if she told her husband about her lucky win, she said, “of course” and that it would have so hard to keep the winning news from him.
The moment she did reveal the good news to him though, they both decided to tell Jack and Ian the news at the same time, saying, "There is no way we could have celebrated without our two sons being with us.
"I did tell Geoff because that would have been so hard to keep the winning news from him, but we both decided we wanted to tell Jack and Ian at the same time.
"It was tough being in the same house as Ian and keeping it from him but we did it. We just tried to keep ourselves as occupied as possible.
"I let it go over my head and forgot about it. We didn't speak about it much.
"Celebrating the winning moment is something we wanted to ensure we would remember forever."
Paula has no plans to retire as a dinner lady at The Hill Primary Academy but she is looking forward to revealing her good fortune to them when she goes to work.
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