Mansfield couple claim £40.6m lottery jackpot
- 24 January 2012
- From the section Nottingham
A Nottinghamshire couple have won £40.6m in the EuroMillions lottery.
Gareth, 40 and Catherine Bull, 35, from Mansfield, said they had only told a few people about their win, which came from a Lucky Dip ticket on 20 January.
Mrs Bull said she thought her husband was "pulling her leg" at first and did not believe him when he told her they might have won the EuroMillions.
Mr Bull said top of his shopping list was a box at Manchester United while Mrs Bull wants a hallway carpet.
"He came into the bedroom white as a sheet, the ticket was shaking in his hand and I knew something wasn't right," said Mrs Bull, who works in health insurance.
"I was in the middle of straightening my hair and told him I wasn't very happy with being teased."
Mr Bull, a self-employed builder, added: "All of this has happened at a crazy fast speed since Saturday and it is hard to keep up.
"We have our dream home which we built from scratch and it is impossible to think about what we are going to do next yet."
Mr Bull bought the ticket on a whim when he could not begin a building job due to bad weather.
Speaking at a press conference at Eastwood Hall in Nottinghamshire, where the couple posed with a giant lottery cheque, Mrs Bull said it would be nice to get her hair done more than twice a year.
Mr Bull added: "We have only told a few people so far so it will be exciting to sit down together as a family and work out plans for the future."
He said he also had his eye on a Range Rover Sport, a villa somewhere and a trip to Disneyworld in Florida for the couple's two sons.
It is the seventh biggest UK lottery win, with the record held by Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, Ayrshire, who won £161m on EuroMillions last July.
Nine countries - the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria - participate in EuroMillions.