Moment when Cambridge mum finds out she has won £1m on EuroMillions
A mum from Cambridge is celebrating after she scooped the £1Million EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize in the draw on Friday 1 October, 2021.
Holly Saul, 29, who played a couple of EuroMillions lines after a reminder from her father-in-law, and partner Ben Lowther, 38, are very clear the win will be used to improve life for their family.
Holly said: “We have so many plans for the future but our top priority will be helping our parents fast track their retirement and finding our forever family home.”
The couple had no idea their life, and that of their family, had changed overnight when they set off on Saturday morning to buy materials to adapt their kitchen diner into a kitchen diner come office for two. Holly said, “We’ve both been working from home for the past two years, and also had our baby son during lockdown, so I was keen to find a way to make our home office less intrusive on homelife. At that point, as I browsed the timber aisle looking for the cheap and cheerful options, I had no idea that we were in the position to swap the home office juggle for a whole new home, complete with a separate study!
“It was only when we got back, empty handed, and I was settling our little one for his afternoon nap, idly browsing my phone I decided to check my EuroMillions tickets. I saw that the jackpot hadn’t been won but when I looked at the Raffle element the letters matched mine, I thought ‘that’s typical my luck, so near and yet so far’ and then I worked out the whole code matched.”
At this point Holly would have been forgiven for leaping up and screaming but with the baby still not quite asleep and lying on her chest, unable to shout Ben she instead sent him a text, asking him to come up to her, and quick! Ben said: “I was on the loo and messaged back to say I’d be up in a minute to which she responded ‘I’m deadly serious, I need you to check my EuroMillions ticket’. To be honest I thought it was a ruse to get me out of the bathroom – it’s a bit of a standing joke how much time I spend in there! – so there followed a series of text messages with Holly getting more forceful until she finally gave up, put our son into his cot and came downstairs!”
When Ben came out of the bathroom Holly was already making the call to Camelot and, as she saw her partner of eight years, she burst into tears which quickly turned into tears of joy as the £1,000,000 win was confirmed. Holly said,
“We were both so shocked that I decided the only sensible option was to pour myself a G&T and Ben a Guinness, then we sat in the garden for an hour staring into space, looking at each other and giggling like children, then staring again before bursting into laughter once more. It was the most surreal and most wonderful time.”
Holly remembers she only played EuroMillions after her father-in-law posted on the family Whatsapp group, ‘big draw tonight, don’t forget your tickets’. While Ben quipped he wasn’t gullible enough to play, more optimistic Holly thought, ‘why not’ and used her National Lottery app to buy a couple of tickets. Holly said,
“I play the National Lottery from time to time, and I’m very happy I chose to on this occasion, the £1M win is going to make a huge difference to our whole family, and what’s even better, I’ll forever tease Ben about his cheeky comment’!
With the win confirmed and the money in the bank, the couple are already making plans for the future, Holly said,
“Our parents have always been so supportive of us and we are excited that we can now return the favour. With the right financial planning we are hoping this win will enable them to retire sooner rather than later.
“It’s important that they are on this journey with us, sharing the news about the win has already been amazing. To tell my parents, we bought mum her own laptop and loaded the video of me making the claim on it, then just pressed play. They were stunned to say the least.
“We shared the news with Ben’s parents in a slightly more theatrical manner, Ben wore a T-shirt with a screenshot of the WhatsApp messages on the front, and on the back, ‘Things Idiots Say’. When they worked it out there were tears of joy.”
Next on the list for Holly and Ben, who have two children and a couple of dogs, is a bigger home of their own, one where the kitchen diner doesn’t also need to be an office for two. Ben said,
“Holly absolutely loves hosting big gatherings with family and friends, and after the last 18 months she was so looking forward to once again having everyone with us for Christmas Day but we’d had to cancel because along with the two desks we can’t fit everyone in. While we may not be able to do anything about it this year, by next Christmas we will host a stonking celebration in a new home with plenty of room for the whole family, and our dogs too!”
Holly added, “And it’s more than just Christmas plans, we’ve already started thinking about shared adventures for the family, an overseas trip for everyone is something we’re currently mulling over.
“Despite the craziness of the last few days, we are staying true to ourselves and the people we are. Much to our daughter’s disgust, we won’t be trading in the Ford Focus and I don’t intend to stop working although I may reduce my hours a little. Unfortunately Ben has lost his job twice, once due to the pandemic and another from redundancy. Previously Ben had a side hustle creating his own video games but now we are in a position for him to go fulltime developing his latest game, Aluna Rift
“Looking back, it’s a bit strange. For the last six months we’ve been looking at houses way beyond our means, but for some reason have been thinking it’s a matter of when not if. Now here we are, because I was willing to be the gullible one, we have so many wonderful options ahead and we will enjoy every last one.”
EuroMillions Millionaire Maker guarantees to create a millionaire in every draw. For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a UK Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket.
By playing any National Lottery game, players generate more than £30M each week for National Lottery-funded projects. This money helps support everything from the local charity making a difference where you live through to helping our nation’s athletes win medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date, over £43BN has been raised for National Lottery Good Causes, with more than 635,000 individual grants awarded.