EuroMillions: Lottery victors scooped £184m with fortunate plunge ticket

Watch: A couple from Gloucester won a record-breaking £184m EuroMillions jackpot

Watch: A couple from Gloucester won a record-breaking £184m EuroMillions jackpot

The UK’s greatest EuroMillions lottery victors have been uncovered as a couple from Gloucester who scooped £184m with a fortunate plunge ticket.

Joe and Jess Thwaite won a record-breaking £184,262,899 – making them more extravagant than Adele – last week.

Mrs Thwaite, 44, who has two youngsters with her kid spouse, said the success will give them

“time to dream”.

The past record was held by a mysterious champ who banked £170m in October 2019.

In the wake of being presented by TV moderator Dermot O’Leary at a breathtaking function on Thursday, Mr Thwaite affirmed that he had proactively found employment elsewhere as an interchanges project lead.

His better half is moreover “considering” some solution for her part in a beauty parlor she runs with her sister.

Joe and Jess Thwaite spray a bottle of champagneIMAGE SOURCE,PA MEDIA
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Mrs Thwaite’s initial reaction was disbelief when her husband told her the news

Mr Thwaite discovered he had a win when he got up to walk the dogs at 05:15 BST last Tuesday.

He said “he didn’t know what to do” when he saw how much they had won.

“I couldn’t go back to sleep, I didn’t want to wake Jess up so I just laid there for what seemed like forever,” he said.

“I spent some time searching for property with no budget limit, which was a novelty.”

When his wife’s alarm went off, Mr Thwaite told her:

“I’ve got a secret, I’ve got something to tell you.”

Mrs Thwaite revealed her initial reaction was disbelief and she decided to get on with her routine before the couple confirmed the record win with National Lottery operator Camelot.

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The couple said they will use some of the money to fix their leaking roof

The couple said the win would give them

“time to share lots of experiences and go on adventures with our family and friends”.

Mr Thwaite has been married to his wife, who runs the business side of the hairdressing salon with her sister, for 11 years.

They have two primary school-aged children together and Joe has two university-aged children from a previous marriage.

Mrs Thwaite said:

“Our two children have always talked about going to Hawaii, I’ve no idea why but we can now make that dream come true.

“Just to see their faces when we can make these things come true will be worth every penny.”

The previous record of £170m was claimed by an anonymous UK player and the highest previous named winners are Colin and Chris Weir, from North Ayrshire, who won £161m in 2011.

Colin and Chris Weir, who won in 2011

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UK’s richest winners

  • £170mBritain’s richest ever lottery winner stayed anonymous after their win in October 2019.
  • £161mColin and Chris Weir (pictured) from North Ayrshire, Scotland in 2011.
  • £148mAdrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, in 2012.
  • £123mAnonymous UK ticket-holder in June 2019.
  • £122mAnonymous UK ticket-holder in April 2021.

Mrs Thwaite revealed that her dad was a lifelong National Lottery player and her husband took over the mantel when he passed away seven years ago.

Before his death, she explained that her father

“would always ask us what we’d do when we won”.

“It was a regular conversation and I feel like he was preparing us,”

she explained.

“Maybe that is why I seem so chilled, as I’ve kind of been ready to win for years.”

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Mr Thwaite said that when he started counting the number of digits, it was
“amazing, but surreal”

The win will give the couple the money needed to work on the “dream” home they recently moved into.

Mrs Thwaite said they bought the property to give their children a “country-type lifestyle” and share it with their three dogs, five chickens, two geckos and three ponies.

“Like many parents, we stretch ourselves to give our kids everything we can,”

she added.

“I always wanted them to be able to get up in their pyjamas, put wellies on and go out and feed the ponies and they can do that here.

“The fact the roof leaks and the house needs renovating was OK, as it was the life we dreamed of for our family.”

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