Mowing the lawn and rubbish wi-fi: EuroMillions winners spill the beans on their millionaires' problems


A total of 86 UK ticket-holders have won a EuroMillions jackpot or shared the top prize since the game launched in 2004.

Camelot, the group that organises the lottery, has surveyed 30 winners to find out how they dealt with the sudden influx of millions of pounds into their bank accounts. And it discovered winners face some unusual challenges...

A bottle of Cristal champagne (Yui Mok/PA)

We know, it's hard to read about people adjusting to being filthy rich, but just imagine suddenly coming into a lot of money and trying decide how to go forward with your life.

Do you continue to work? Buy a big house?

Well, it turns out 75% of people moved into their dream home within six months of winning. However, furnishing and general upkeep of the new home turned out to be an issue for some winners.

Many of those surveyed admitted to using bean bags or deckchairs to sit on while waiting for specially made furniture to arrive.

Estate agent's window (David Cheskin/PA)

One man even went back to his semi-detached house to use the wi-fi as the signal strength in his mansion was too weak.

Cutting the grass was also an issue, as the people polled now own hundreds of acres, rather than a regular-sized garden.

One winner bought a property with more than 500 acres and found himself forking out for three tractors, a dumper truck, a tree excavator, two ride-on mowers, a shredder and a barn to store them in.

To buy a house, you'd expect to have to prove your financial credentials, but what many winners didn't expect was to have to prove their worth to buy anything remotely high-end.

Bank statements (Johnny Green/PA)

According to Camelot, one man walked into a sports car showroom only to be told: "Used cars are next door, mate."

The problems didn't stop once they managed to buy that all-important fast car, as it turns out flashy motors aren't that convenient for day-to-day use.

One woman surveyed admitted she couldn't fit the weekly shop in her new two-seater and had to make extra trips to the supermarket.

Supercars (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

The National Lottery's senior winners' adviser Andy Carter said of the findings: "There are both emotional and practical adjustments to be made before [winners] truly relax into the millionaire lifestyle, and there is no set rule book to follow.

"However, the challenges they face are definitely nicer problems to have. Let's face it, discovering how to book a private jet or waiting for six months for a supercar is something we would all like to experience."

There's a £109m jackpot up for grabs on September 30, so maybe it'll be you facing these oh-so-difficult problems in the future.