Peter and Ruth Doyle became instant millionaires when they won £1million on the Euromillions in 2015. They recently hit the headlines once again when they drove 1,500-plus miles with no more than an hour’s sleep, fuelled by coffee and energy drinks to save 13 abandoned dogs.
Since winning the EuroMillions the couple has been able to retire and enjoy life. They have travelled to Japan, the Maldives and Dubai.
Their best trip to date, however, is the one in which they funded a trip to Romania to transport 13 rescue dogs back to new owners in the UK.
The EuroMillions winners said that they have always had an immense love for animals and that their lottery win enabled them to do something more.
Ruth, 56, Former accountant said: "We funded our own trip over to Romania a couple of years ago. We took some food and drove a charity van. We funded our own sleeping arrangements. We helped out for three days then drove back with 13 dogs.
We didn’t stop apart from coffee and comfort breaks. I think Peter had half an hour’s sleep and I had an hour in 35 hours. We lived on a diet of Red Bull and coffee. The dogs already had homes to go to and all we had to do was make sure we got them there. We were only able to go on our mission because we retired after the win.
We wanted to do it again but they decided to employ professional drivers for health-and-safety reasons. Unfortunately, someone from a different charity had an accident so they decided it was prudent to let their people drive. We are now home-checkers for National Network Romania and spend time ensuring families and dogs are a fit for each other.
I also volunteer at a dog-walking charity whenever we are on holiday in Spain. It was here that we rescued a pretty pup we’ve named Karley, from a box by bins at a Sunday market. She really stole my heart. We have fostered her and will be bringing her back with us on our next visit.”
Dogs of their own
The couple have two dogs of their own - Lily and Bailey.
Peter, 65, said, “We get a lot of satisfaction from them.
When you can’t see the kids and grandkids, dogs give you that smile on your face — they are rescuing us.”
The pair became millionaires five years ago — almost two months after actually scooping the prize.
Ruth and Peter would pay by direct debit to ensure they never missed a draw and assumed an email they received in June 2015 related to a £25 win.
They then received a call a month later telling them that they had won £1million.
Playing the EuroMillions lottery online
With all their travelling, it’s no wonder that the couple play the EuroMillions lottery online.
They said by playing the EuroMillions online they never miss a draw.
Remembering the day they were informed about their big win, Ruth said, “When I got the call telling me I’d won I thought it was a wind-up! I had had an email telling me I’d won but it didn’t say how much, just that there was some good news and that I should log into my account.”
Misunderstanding “account” as in her bank account instead of an online lottery account, Ruth checked her bank balance and assumed that £25 paid in was her EuroMillions lottery win.
However, has she immediately checked her online lottery account, she would have seen a much larger sum!
After a further two months, the couple once again got reminded about their EuroMillions win.
Ruth said, “When I received the call we were so excited but we couldn’t take it in. It only became real when we visited the offices and met the team who were very professional and made us feel extremely special. We have kept the news to ourselves until now and our good fortune has just about sunk in. I think when everyone knows we’ll have a little celebration.”
Ruth has vowed to continue playing both the UK Lottery and EuroMillions.
Ruth said they started playing the EuroMillions online due to the fact that they travel a lot for work and that it was convenient. They also stated that they would never have remembered to play the lottery otherwise.
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