The weird and wonderful things lottery winners buy

What’s the first thing you’d buy if you won the lottery?


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What would you buy if you won the lottery? A few weeks or months down the line you may decide to splash out on a holiday or a new home, but what would you rush out and buy the day you won the lottery? Some of the first purchases that lottery winners opt for are truly bizarre.

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Simon Fagan from County Louth in Ireland, who picked up his giant cheque back in 2013, recently told the press that he celebrated winning £3 million by buying a new car. However, he skipped the usual flash options favoured by most multi-millionaires. Simon's car was a second-hand Kia with 150,000 miles on the clock.

In the same year, John Baxter from Baldock won £1 million. The 63-year-old wracked his brain for something he really needed, and eventually popped to Tesco to buy his wife a £9.99 pair of slippers. He told the press that he also intended to by a stainless steel sink.

In 2014, meanwhile, Gareth and Catherine Bull (pictured) won more than £40 million on the lottery. They genuinely haven't let the money turn their heads, and still live in the same house and shop at Aldi. Their spectacular first purchase? A new carpet for the landing.

Barry and Roberta Little haven't let it go to their heads either. They won £1 million in 2013, and their first purchase was a tumble dryer. Since then they have bought a £250,000 home, had a trip to Disneyland, and splashed out on a new TV. The rest of the money hasn't been touched.

Roger Griffiths, who won £1.8 million in 2005, went on to make some unfortunate spending choices, and eventually lost the money in the financial crisis. However, his first purchase wasn't an extravagance - he bought a pair of trainers. He realised that he had more money to spend nowadays, so after buying one pair, he went on to buy three more.

In 2015, Anette Dawson was on holiday in Bulgaria when she discovered she had won £1 million. She celebrated by buying a new suit - for £30.


In fact, a survey by in 2012 revealed that the most common first purchase is a washing machine, and the second most common is a new sofa. In third place is an iPad, fourth is a new handbag and fifth is a football shirt.

The first purchases tend to be the sorts of things people have wanted for ages, but didn't have the spare cash to buy. They aren't things associated with a luxury lifestyle - they are the things that they have known for months would improve their quality of life. Only when the initial shock has passed do the pricier purchases tend to come.

Of course, there's always an exception to the rule. A lottery adviser told the press a few years ago that one winner had made a quick pit stop on his way home from picking up his cheque - and bought a new house.

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