Nagging prompts £214m lottery win

Harold Diamond, an 80-year-old retired teacher from Sullivan County in the US, thanked his wife Carol for her 'insistence', which he credited with winning $326 million on the Mega Millions lottery.

The couple had been on their way to dinner, when Carol asked him to pull over because she was concerned about him driving in heavy rain. The Mirror reported that he had wanted to continue driving, but didn't want to upset his wife, so agreed to pull into a petrol station - where they bought a lottery ticket.

That ticket went on to win New York's biggest ever jackpot, and Sullivan told the New York Post: "My wife insisted we stop here to eat and wait for the weather to clear, and I reluctantly agreed. I have to thank her with both barrels because if it weren't for her insistence, we would not be here today."

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Diamond is bound to be grateful for his wife's lack of faith in his driving ability, given the fact it prompted his lottery win. Of course, winning all comes down to luck and chance, but over the years there have been a host of usual reasons given for netting the jackpot.

In May 2013, a Chicago man picked up a $4.85 million win, thanks to his wife. She had been cleaning the kitchen and found 11 tickets, so told him she would throw them away unless he checked them that night. He went to a petrol station, and discovered his win.

In September 2013, a man from Charlotte in the US thanked his mother-in-law, after winning $257,000 on the lottery. He had bought the ticket four months earlier, but hadn't thought to check his ticket until his mother-in-law told him there was an unclaimed ticket in the area. He checked a stack of them in his truck, and discovered he was a winner. All she asked in return was a new fridge.

Then there are some people who say they owe their win to something more unusual.

In August last year John Biddlecombe, an 81-year-old from Ashbourne in Derbyshire, won £20,000 on the National Lottery and said his recently deceased wife was responsible for the win. He said his wife Alice was looking after him from the afterlife.

In July, a lottery syndicate of Tesco workers in Plymouth credited seagull poo with the win. The group shared £3.7 million, and the syndicate leader said it was all down to the bird - sent by her late husband. Apparently her daughter had been pooled on by a seagull, and she took this as a message from her late husband, so she asked her daughter to buy the ticket that week. When the ticket went on to win the jackpot, she saw it as a sign.

And in August 2010 a Savannah woman credited an itchy hand with winning $10,000 on the lottery. She was in the store when it started itching, and she decided it was a sign that she should buy a ticket.

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Nagging prompts £214m lottery win

Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.

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