Bishop's Stortford couple celebrate £1m lottery win
New parents Will and Vicky Ingham, from Bishop's Stortford, are celebrating a EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker win today and planning treats for their family.
Will, 33, had never played the lottery until his dad, Keith, passed away last year. Keith had been a loyal player, never missing a draw and always dreaming his win was just around the corner, so in his honour Will started to play.
Will said: “When we lost dad I started to play the lottery using a combination of numbers that meant something to him. He was an amazing dad and I can’t help thinking he had something to do with this win, and his timing is impeccable because I have just become a dad myself.”
Married to Vicky, 29, for two years, Will discovered the win in the early hours of last Saturday morning but had to wait until 6am to establish they had bagged a cool £1m.
Will said: “I’ve been a supermarket night manager for more than ten years so tend to have strange sleep patterns. On Saturday morning I was wide awake at 3am so, after checking social media I had a look at my emails where there was a message from Camelot telling me there was some good news and to log into my account any time after 6am.
“As I lay there in the early hours of the morning I knew it wasn’t my numbers because I’d seen the draw earlier that evening. Processing everything in my head I decided it must be the UK Millionaire Maker but couldn’t verify that until 6am.”
At 5.45am Vicky, completely oblivious to their impending millionaire status, got up to feed their new son and as the clock ticked over from 5.59am to 6am Will hit the refresh button on his emails to see the message he’d been hoping for ping up, confirming he was a millionaire.
Will said: “I walked into the nursery like a zombie holding my phone. Vicky was really alarmed and asked me what the matter was. I could barely speak but said, ‘I don’t want to scare you and please don’t drop the baby but I think we are millionaires’. Then it was Vicky’s turn to be absolutely dumbfounded.”
While the little family had to wait until 8am to call Camelot to verify the win, in true millionaire style Will was so confident he put a couple of bottles of Champagne on ice in readiness for the impending celebration. As soon as the call was made and the win verified, Will and Vicky called their parents demanding they pop around immediately and by 8.30am the Champagne corks were flying.
Looking ahead to the future Will said: “It’s that moment we all dream of, winning the lottery, and now it’s happened we are floating on cloud nine. It’s opened so many doors we couldn’t have dreamt of.
“I’ve already told my boss I’m taking a sabbatical so I can enjoy spending more time with my little family. Vicky won’t need to return to work when her maternity leave ends and we can start to look for a larger family home with a bigger garden.”
Alongside the plans for a better quality of life and a new family home, Will and Vicky have a few other ideas. Will said: “Providing a secure future for the family is clearly number one so we will be investing a good chunk of the win but there will be a couple of treats for us both along the way.
“I’m a massive cricket fan and have always wanted to join the Barmy Army on an international tour and that’s now in my reach, perhaps I’ll join them in the West Indies next year. Meanwhile, Vicky has always dreamt of a designer handbag so I’ve been advised a Mulberry or Louis Vuitton bag will appear soon, which is fine because my dream car, a BMW X5, will also appear on our driveway soon!”
Smiling at the exciting times ahead, Will has only one regret, he said: “My dad use to love dreaming about a win, what he’d do and who he’d help, and I know that there would be no one happier for us. I’ve raised more than one glass to him since we found out and only wish he was here to share in the celebrations, he’d have loved every second of it.”
Will bought the family’s winning EuroMillions Millionaire Maker ticket online at national-lottery.co.uk.