Alan uncovered their first windfall the morning after the draw, when he was checking the football results as well as their EuroMillions numbers. When he realised what had happened, he ran upstairs to tell his wife. The couple rang lottery officials, told some friends and family, and started thinking about how to use the money for the future.
Four days after their first big win, the couple took their dogs, Ruby and Kai, for a walk and chatted about their good fortune. According to The Mirror, as they got back into the car, Ruby popped into the backseat, rustling a piece of paper nestled inside a catalogue. “I immediately reached down and picked up the slip of paper which turned out to be a lottery ticket,” recalled Jane. “I was convinced that Alan had taken the winning ticket to show some friends at work and I was livid he’d risked losing it.”
However, when the pair realised that Alan had simply purchased a separate ticket for the same draw, they burst into tears. Alan commented that “the ticket could so easily have disappeared in the rubbish when I tidied up the car, we couldn’t help feel that someone was looking down on us.”
With £298,178 now in the bank, the Slaters are planning to retire early as well as help their two grown children. Both Kai and Ruby will be getting some special treats for their efforts in helping their owners win big!
If the thought of losing what could be a winning EuroMillions ticket makes you feel a bit ill, you can always play online, which means that your ticket is securely stored in your account and can never be lost, stolen or damaged. You’ll also be notified of any wins straight away via email, meaning that you don’t need to rely on Fido to give you the good news.