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We won £12.4m on EuroMillions and gave 30 pals cheques with a special message

A COUPLE have told how their lives were turned upside down when they scooped £12.4million on the EuroMillions and gave away 30 cheques to friends and family.

Sharon and Nigel Mather from Sale, won the life-changing £12.4m back in 2010 when they picked up the ticket while on their way home after a holiday.

Lottery winners Nigel and Sharon Mather

Lottery winners Nigel and Sharon Mather信用: MEN Media
They scooped £12.4million on the EuroMillions in 2010

They scooped £12.4million on the EuroMillions in 2010信用: MEN Media

Nigel, 55, was working as a hotel manager, and Sharon, 50, had just returned to work In finance at Trafford Council from maternity leave.

They picked up the ticket while on holiday and only discovered they had won when they returned home.

Sharon checked the number via the TV while Nigel had headed off to Tesco to get some food shopping. It was a lucky dip that secured their win and not the numbers Sharon usually chose for the Lotto draw.

There’s got to be something wrong,” Sharon recalls thinking.

It just doesn’t happen to normal people like us. I phoned my husband and told him to come home quick and he thought something had happened to the kids or my dad.

But I said ‘No, I think we’ve just won the EuroMillions.'

Getting choked up, as she looked back, 她补充说: “It’s actually quite emotional when you think about it.

England were playing in the World Cup at the time of their win, making the Three Lion’s success in the Euros this summer a timely reminder of how their life changed for the better.

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With Nigel due to go to the pub to watch the game, Sharon made him stay home as she dealt with the shock of the win.

It was surreal,” she told the Manchester Evening News . “It was like you had come out of your body and looking down.

The couple’s celebration ended up being quite modest as they ordered a Chinese takeawaywhich they didn’t eatand shared three Magners, as that was what was in the house.

The decision as to what their first purchase would be was a no-brainera bungalow for Sharon’s dad.

A year after their win they moved to Bowdonin the home they still live in nowand decided on a holiday home in Abersoch, north Wales.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

After initially rejecting going public, Sharon and Nigel soon changed their minds when they realised that it would make helping family and friends more difficult and see them having to lie about their sudden windfall.

It wasn’t about showing off,” Sharon said. “It was about helping the people close to us and not lying.”

And when it came to gifting some of their winnings to family and friends, it became a bigger operationone Sharon says was reminiscent of the ‘Secret Millionaire’.

My husband used to be a hotel manager and he made a spreadsheet and went round to about 30 friends and family’s houses and it was almost like Secret Millionaire.

We have always said we class it as a responsibility to have that amount of money and we want to do good with it and not waste it or blow it.

We made a little card and put a cheque in it and gave it to them.

But it also came with an important message from Nigel.

He said a great thing,” Sharon said. “He said ‘whatever we have given youbecause some we had maybe just met and just gave them a tokenplease don’t look at it in reflection of what we have won, just think of what difference that money will make to you’.

We can’t give it all away because we needed to look after us and we had two young children. We’ve got the rest of our lives to go but wanted to make a difference to as many lives as we could along the way.

然而, one of their biggest donations was to Manchester’s Francis House Hospice, which was very close to their hearts following the death of their niece, 老化的 18.

Nigel is also now the chairman of local charity Stockdales, which his mother used to work at.

After going to visit with Christmas presents one year, they fell in love with the place and have regularly donated to them after their win, helping organise other fundraising events such as a golf day and an autumn ball.

‘MUM HAVE WE WON THE LOTTERY?’

It has also been important for Sharon and Nigel to keep their sons grounded as they grow up with millionaire parents.

Reece is 15 and Lewis has just turned 12, making them just one and three at the time of their family’s massive news.

They’ve just grown up with it,” Sharon said. “It was a while before we told them because they wouldn’t understand and I think kids at the school were questioning the boys.

They came home and asked, ‘Mum, have we won the lottery?’ and we had to sit them down then and tell them.

We have always said you respect what people have got, never brag, and never show off. We have just been blessed and been lucky.

We have always said we class it as a responsibility to have that amount of money and we want to do good with it and not waste it or blow it.

Sharon added: “Even now at Christmas time, they don’t ask for anything silly. 实际上, they probably get less because we don’t want to overly give them too much.

Like being a parent, winning the lottery doesn’t come with a book. You are learning all the time.

Eleven years on, Sharon says there is still one big thing they want to do.

We were going to go to Hawaii for my 50th. Hawaii 5-0,” she laughed.

“But that’s obviously been delayed now. That’s still on our tick list.

但, after the last 18 月, Sharon says they’re just grateful they’re all ‘still here and healthy’.

Sale lottery winners Sharon and Nigel Mather arriving in style at the Trafford Centre in 2016

Sale lottery winners Sharon and Nigel Mather arriving in style at the Trafford Centre in 2016信用: MEN Media