Electrician planning property spree after £1m EuroMillions windfall

An electrician has landed a £1,000,000 lottery pay-out – after buying his first ever EuroMillions tickets because a voice in his head told him to.

Simon Waddup, from Coventry, said the UK Millionaire Maker win will enable him to fulfil his dream of assembling a property portfolio.

The 31-year-old, who bought two £2.50 lucky dip tickets for the draw on May 19, said: "For as long as I can remember I have wanted to buy old properties, do them up and build my own portfolio.

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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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"Friends and family laughed at my dream, especially when I was a teenager, but I was so focused, always thinking about how I would do it.

"Both I and they now can't believe that I have got that amazing windfall that will enable me to now go after my dream."

Mr Waddup, who has been unable to work since last summer due to health problems, said he was taken by an urge to buy a ticket after hearing a voice in his head, that told him his luck was about to change.

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Mr Waddup had played the main draw for the first time (National Lottery/PA)

"I have played Instant Win Games on the National Lottery website, but never a main draw game," he said.

"I was shopping in Aldi and I kept hearing this voice telling me to buy a lottery ticket.

"When I got back, I looked at my National Lottery account online and I had £5 left in my wallet. I didn't even know what day it was, or what type of draw was available next, but saw I could buy a EuroMillions Lucky Dip for £2.50, so decided to buy two for that night's draw."

Describing the moment he was notified of the win, he added: "I was then in a bit of a daze, just shaking.

"The first person I told was my 10-year-old daughter and she asked if she could now have a passport, seeing as she has never been abroad.

"I will definitely be treating my family. I will also get a passport for my daughter and, when we can, take a trip abroad – she has already told me that she wants to go to Spain.

"I still can't believe this was the first time I played a main draw game. Lady Luck must have been smiling down on me and said: 'You need this now.'"

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