The weird and wonderful things lottery winners buy

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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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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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