• English
  • Français
  • Deutsch (AT)
  • Deutsch (CH)
  • Deutsch
  • Português
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Svenska
  • Русский
  • Polski
  • 中文
  • العربية
  • Română

Mum Wins Millionaire Maker During Corfu Break

A mum from Chichester scooped £1 million on Millionaire Maker in the draw on Friday 1st July, but didn’t realise that she’d won the life-changing prize until she came back from her holiday to Corfu. Donna Smith, who works at the Southern Co-Op in Selsey, matched the winning code of QPM048430, but only came forward this week.

Donna always buys a lottery ticket as a treat for herself on special occasions, such as her birthday or holidays. After two weeks soaking up the sun in Corfu, she returned to work, where she checked her ticket - and discovered that she was now a millionaire.

‘When I returned from holiday I asked my work mates to check the ticket for me and it came up with a message saying I needed to call Camelot,’ she said to the assembled press. ‘That was the longest walk home from work I have ever done.’ After confirming her win with lottery officials, she went out straight out on a hen do!

Fortunately for Donna, she didn’t lose her winning ticket while she was on holiday; the playslip went along in her handbag the whole time, and she even stashed her purse ten seats ahead of her on the return flight as the overhead compartments were full. ‘It makes me shudder to think how easily I could have lost my £1 million pound ticket,’ she said.

New houses for Donna and her mother, as well as Donna’s 18-year-old daughter Bryony, are all on the cards, but she intends to keep working at the Co-Op as she enjoys her job, even joking that her boss sees her as a ‘lucky mascot’ for the shop.

One UK EuroMillions player is guaranteed to win £1 million in every draw thanks to Millionaire Maker, but starting on 27th September 2016, there will be two prizes of £1 million each in every game as part of changes to EuroMillions.

Tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is worth £39 million (€45 million), with tickets on sale online and from authorised retailers. If you’d like to put yourself in the running to win an incredible prize just like Donna did, don’t forget that sales close at 7.30pm BST (8.30 CEST). Good luck!

Published: Tue, 16 August 2016 - 10:44am
Last Updated: Mon, 23 September 2019 - 3:12pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com