A single dad said that the first thing his 10-year-old daughter asked for was for a passport so she could take her first trip abroad.
Thirty-one-year-old Electrician Simon Waddup is celebrating winning £1million after hearing a “voice in his head” that told him to have his first-ever try at playing the EuroMillions lottery. He won his nice windfall after taking an impulsive punt on the National Lottery game on the 19th of May 2020.
The single dad from Coventry was shopping in his local Aldi supermarket when he “kept hearing a voice in his head” saying he should buy a lottery ticket. After he got back home, he went online to buy two £2.50 Lucky Dips for the draw that evening. He couldn’t believe his beginner’s luck when he’d found out he’d won £1 million.
He said: “I have played Instant Win Games on The National Lottery website but never a main draw game.”
“I was shopping in Aldi and I kept hearing this voice telling me to buy a lottery ticket. It sounds daft but I had the same message even as I was going home.”
“When I got back, I looked at my National Lottery account online and I had £5 left in my wallet.”
“I didn’t even know what day it was, or what type of draw was available next, but saw I could buy a EuroMillions Lucky Dip for £2.50 so decided to buy two for that night’s draw.”
“I completely forgot about it until the next morning.”
“I was waiting for a delivery from 7am and at about 8.30am looked at my phone and saw I had a message from the National Lottery.”
“I knew I had won something big but I couldn’t quite believe it was £1 million, and it wasn’t until I called the National Lottery hotline I let myself believe that it was real. It was a very big shock.”
“Initially, I was so shaky and didn't know what to think. I thought it was a joke or a prank.”
“The first person I told was my 10-year-old daughter.”
“She didn't fully understand the amount it was because the first thing she said was 'can I get a passport now, is this what it means?”
“She's never been abroad and that's been her one goal, to go abroad.”
“I then phoned my mum and sister and they didn’t believe me. I still can’t believe this was the first time I played a main draw game.”
“I’ve played Instant Win Games and won a few quid here and there. Lady Luck must have been smiling down on me and said ‘you need this now'.”
Simon had always dreamt of being a property developer when he was young and says he now hopes that he can realise his ambition since his win.
“I've had a dream as a child, I always wanted to do property development, build houses and make better houses for people.”
He’d spent a few years working on building sites so he could learn various trades until he became an electrician and then he would study building planning in his spare time.
Simon said: “When my mum and sister finally realised I wasn’t joking, all we could talk about was my lifelong dream would now be a reality, I could be a property developer.”
“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to buy old properties, do them up and build my own portfolio.”
"We can’t believe that I got that amazing windfall that will enable me to now go after my dream.”
Get playing your lucky lottery numbers online now and you could end up with a pile of cash like Simon did.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time playing or your hundredth, never give up.