The couple are now celebrating winning the outstanding £184 million jackpot in the lucky dip last week. Joe and Jess Thwaite said they are now planning to use part of the money to move home after spending years looking around for a property within their budget. The pair, who have been married 11 years, said they are “very happy” about their life but are feeling lucky to have won the EuroMillions.
Joe said he woke up to an email from the National Lottery informing him of winning a prize but was not expecting the amount to hit over £180 million.
He said: “Then I looked at the amount and I put the phone down. And I picked the phone up again, and I looked at the amount again.
“I first thought it was in thousands.” Joe added that he then “started counting the digits”, saying: “Amazing, but also surreal.” He said they have been trying to move house for quite a while and he went on Right Move.
The lucky winner said: “You go on Right Move and you set your limits on what you can afford, and in the past everything we’ve kind of wanted is far beyond what we can afford, and in the past everything we’ve kind of wanted is far beyond what we can afford so I thought I don’t need to filter, I can actually just look at anything.”