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UK’s biggest-ever lottery winners goes public after scooping £184m

The man who purchased the ticket that scooped the most important lottery jackpot in UK historical past waited till his alarm went off to inform his spouse that they had received £184m

Joe Thwaite browsed property web site Rightmove while he waited for Jess Thwaite to get up, switching off the value filter for the primary time.

The couple, from Gloucestershire,received greater than £184 million within the EuroMillions final week changing into the most important lottery winners the nation has seen.

They have been married for 11 years, and share two kids who’re of primary-school age. Mr Thwaite additionally has two kids learning at college from a earlier marriage.

Mr Thwaite, 49, purchased the successful Lucky Dip ticket on the afternoon of final Tuesday’s draw through the National lottery app, and woke as much as an e-mail the subsequent morning.

He mentioned: “I looked it up and saw we’d won. I saw how much and I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t go back to sleep.

“I didn’t wish to wake Jess up so I simply laid there for what appeared like eternally. I spent a while looking for property with no finances restrict, which was a novelty!”

The winning ticket was bought via the National Lottery app on the afternoon of the draw

(Tom Wren/SWNS)

Mrs Thwaite, 44, was in disbelief when she heard about the news, insisting either her husband had made a mistake or the National Lottery was wrong.

Trying not to get her hopes up she continued her normal morning routine until they were able to confirm the win with Camelot.

The family celebrated their win with a family meal, and have only so far treated themselves to some bedroom furniture.

While Mrs Thwaite – who runs a hairdressing salon with her sister – says she is yet to decide whether to continue working, Mr Thwaite, a communication sales engineer, has already handed in his notice.

Mrs Thwaite says her father was the inspiration behind the couple’s win.

“My dad played The National Lottery all his life and constantly dreamed of winning,” she said.

“He would at all times ask us what we’d do once we received, how we’d spend it, who we’d deal with.”

Mr Thwaite has handed in his discover to his employers


After he handed away seven years in the past, Mr Thwaite started shopping for lottery tickets.

“The family always ask me if I have a ticket for the big draws,” he said.

“While I don’t play each week, I do a Lucky Dip when there’s a massive jackpot. Although I don’t really feel like I’ve had lots of luck prior to now.”

The pair will use the winnings to invest in time with the family, particularly on holidays and experiences they have all been dreaming about for some time.

“I’d love to observe Gloucester or England rugby reside with the children however we’ve got solely actually been in a position to watch on TV,” Mr Thwaite mentioned.

“I’d love us all to get on a plane and go on a holiday, somewhere sunny.

“It’ll be nice to spend extra time with my brother. We each work actually onerous and infrequently see one another, it’ll be wonderful to now be capable of spend time collectively.”

The Thwaites’ children already have a destination in mind which their parents hope they can finally whisk them away to.

The couple hope to whisk their family away on holiday


Mrs Thwaite said: “Our two kids have at all times talked about going to Hawaii, I’ve no thought why however we are able to now make that dream come true.

“They have always wanted a horse box for our ponies rather than the rundown trailer we use.

“Just to see their faces once we could make these items come true might be value each penny.”

The couple also plan to use the money to help support members of their family who have been hit hard financially over the last few years.

“I don’t wish to deceive household and mates, I wish to get pleasure from it with them,” Mrs Thwaite mentioned.

“The win gives us time to dream, which we haven’t had before. We’ve had one week to think about this and we now have time to share lots of experiences together.”

The Thwaite’s’ win on Tuesday marks the second EuroMillions jackpot bagged within the UK this year, with an nameless participant successful £10.9 million from a attract February.

Only 14 gamers have ever received a jackpot of greater than £100m, with the earlier record-holder an nameless winner of £170m in October 2019.

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