Lottery winner Neil Smart almost missed his £1,000,000 EuroMillions win because he thought it was a scam.
50-year-old Neil, who works at a builder’s merchants, matched the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker code on Friday, March 26. But the father of three didn’t check the National Lottery app straight away and only saw he had an important message from Camelot urging him to check his account two days later.
"I don’t check religiously and only got around to it on Sunday night," he explained.
When Neil logged into the National Lottery app on his phone he saw a message which read: "Congratulations you’ve won £1m."
"I thought it was a scam and called my daughter to read it," Neil said.
"We both thought it couldn’t be real, even though it was clearly on the National Lottery app and wasn’t just some random email."
Neil’s daughter posted on their family group chat that Neil had won the lottery and his wife Sue immediately replied saying it "was probably just a fiver".
But it wasn’t a fiver. Instead, the husband and wife from Devon are celebrating a £1,000,000 EuroMillions win which they say will make a huge difference to them and their wider family.
Even after discovering his good fortune, down-to-earth Neil was up early to open up the local builders' merchant where he works.
"I wasn’t going to stay in bed and leave them in the lurch," he said.
"What if I was wrong about the win?"
Neil called Camelot at 9am to receive the news that, yes, he was a millionaire and, after letting Sue know the good news, he went back to work to complete his shift.
The new millionaire and his wife Sue Smart (51), a Sales Assistant, have three children, the youngest of whom was born with scoliosis.
Now aged nine, their son, who also suffers from associated conditions, needs support and regular trips to hospital in Birmingham.
The win means the family can move to a larger house with the space to care for their son as he grows up and help him with any of the support he may need.
It will also mean a bigger car for the couple, which will make their regular 300-mile round trips to Birmingham a lot more comfortable.
Neil said: "We’ve never struggled for money, we have always been careful, but this will make such a difference to the whole family."
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