A nurse who was part of a group that scooped £1,000,000 in the EuroMillions says she almost didn’t check the winning ticket.
The fifteen kind-hearted nurses are celebrating winning the Millionaire Maker draw on Friday, April 20 -with each member pocketing more than £66,666 – for just 50 each.
June Fraser, from Cleland Hospital in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, was in charge of checking the tickets each week.
The 58-year-old nurse said: “I checked the tickets using the National Lottery app on Saturday morning.
“I scanned the first one and it wasn’t a winner – I actually thought that was the ticket for Friday night’s draw and very nearly didn’t scan the second one as I thought it was for a future draw.
“When I did and it told me that we’d won £1 million I thought the app must be broken – I couldn’t believe it.
“My first phone call was to my ward where I managed to get hold of two of the other members who were working.
“I phoned a few other members but I was just too hyper to call everyone at that point. I still went into work later that afternoon though.”
When June went to work she made sure the lucky ticket came with her by pinning it to the inside of her nurse’s uniform.
And back home on Sunday, she hid it under her cutlery drawer to make sure it stayed safe.
The win means the nurses will be able to splash out on everything from trips to Canada, Sri Lanka, cruises, new cars and even a motorbike.
For Carol Hamlyn, 59, it will mean that she can have the retirement she has always dreamed of.
She said: “I am due to retire in November and this win will be life-changing for me.
“I was going to have to keep doing a few shifts but now I have financial security and I can also look after my four children and my three grandchildren.”
But the first thing the lucky winners say they are spending their money on is a bumper batch of cakes and goodies to treat the staff, patients and families at the hospital.