Simon told a press conference at his beloved Watford F.C.’s Vicarage Road ground, “my mum has had four strokes while dad is on dialysis meaning he is in and out of hospital a lot. The last few years have been really tough trying to keep the home together, bring in an income and keep on top of mum and dad’s care while working long hours and being away from home. Thanks to a little combination of numbers that has all changed and things can get a little easier.”
On discovering his win over a cup of coffee the morning after the draw, Simon rang the claims team to confirm his win, texted a friend in Las Vegas to share the fantastic news and promptly handed in his notice at work. His Mega Friday prize could have included a trip to South Africa to create a piece of diamond jewellery and enjoy a five-star safari, but Simon chose to take the cash alternative, bringing the value of his oversized cheque up to £1,054,720.
Simon told the press he was looking forward to spending more time playing golf and watching football, activities that he had not been able to participate in as much as he would have liked in recent years given his more pressing commitments.
"My dad first took me to see Watford play in 1967 when I was just four months old,” he said, “I've spent many happy hours following them at home and away but with work, and mum and dad’s health, it's been harder to get along to games."
Mega Friday returns on 25th March with an A-list trip to the USA for five players who will also receive £1 million and you can find more details of this fantastic prize at the Mega Friday page. For your chance to win tonight’s £32 million bounty, or even the £1 million Millionaire Maker award that is guaranteed to be scooped by one UK player, you can buy EuroMillions tickets online or from authorised retailers up until 7:30pm GMT (8:30pm CET) this evening.