Both couples were lucky enough to land prizes of £1 million after playing different games from the National Lottery. Bill and Cath’s good fortune arriving in July of this year, when the couple of 25 years landed a seven-figure sum in the UK Millionaire Maker draw, while Ian and Karen’s success was enjoyed in October 2015 when they got lucky on a scratchcard. Still buoyed by their jackpot joy, the winners opted to help those in need by serving dinner for elder members of the community and decking the hall in brightly coloured bunting.
Opting to ditch the traditional Christmas dinner, the caring clan opted to cook up a range of Caribbean delicacies, much to the delight of the residents of Radford. The idea came from Cath, who was born and raised on the island of St Lucia before making the switch to Coventry in the early 1990s. The group of 40 senior citizens were treated to Calypso glazed ham and Creole turkey with Cath’s family-secret seasoning, before Caribbean black cake with rum sauce was rolled out for pudding.
Their actions received heaps of praise from the centre’s manager, Janet Ellicott. She said: “Our members loved their tropical feast and have really enjoyed getting into the festive spirit Caribbean-style. Bill and Cath arrived at 6am and prepared all the food in our kitchen before serving up at noon along with the other winners. The food was delicious, the music was brilliant – the whole event was so colourful.”
Millionaire Bill, who is currently in the process of building his dream home in St Lucia, spoke positively about the experience: “The whole day has been wonderful and Cath and I were delighted to get involved. We are so fortunate to be heading into our first Christmas as millionaires and it is heart-warming to be able to share our joy and some of the Caribbean culture we adore with others.”
The former chef also revealed what it’s like to win a huge EuroMillions prize: “Winning on the lottery is completely life-changing and what I still can’t get my head around is that we’re now debt-free. You buy a lottery ticket and you dream what it would be like to win but for this to happen to us is just completely mind-blowing. I have to keep pinching myself even now, six months later, but I’m sure this will be the best Christmas ever!”
Spreading Festive Cheer in Dundee
It isn’t just pensioners in Coventry who have been benefiting from the helping hands of millionaires. A group of disabled children in Dundee have been filled with warming Christmas cheer after a team of National Lottery winners donated their money and time in an effort to erect a number of ‘gingerbread houses’.
Celine Sinclair, chief executive of The Yard, a charity that offers a safe space for disabled children to play, was delighted with the work of the volunteers: “The winners’ hard work and time spent on the project means so much to the children who will benefit from our new sensory room.”
How Would You Spend £110 Million?
If you won tonight’s £110 million jackpot, would you spend some of your winnings helping to give something back to the community? To find out how you would cut it as a millionaire, pick your numbers online ahead of the upcoming EuroMillions draw or purchase a ticket from an authorised retailer. Good luck!