Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Builder banks £40m lottery fortune

Gareth and Catherine Bull celebrate at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, after winning £40,627,241

A self-employed builder and his wife who won a Lottery jackpot of nearly £41 million plan to splash out on an executive box at Manchester United - and a new carpet.

Gareth and Catherine Bull banked £40,627,241 after matching the numbers from a Lucky Dip ticket on the EuroMillions draw on January 20. Mr Bull, 40, bought the ticket on a whim after he was unable to start work one day because it was raining.

The couple, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, have said they want to take their two sons to Disneyland, Florida, but the most pressing matter on 35-year-old Mrs Bull's mind is her landing carpet.

Explaining how she would spend the jackpot, she told a press conference at Nottingham's Eastwood Hall: "I did say a carpet for my landing because it's terrible, nobody's allowed upstairs. It bothers me. I get to the top of the stairs every day and I'm like 'I hate that carpet'."

Her husband was unable to believe he had won when he checked his ticket, even though he thought his ticket matched a few of the numbers. He had to fetch his wife, who was not too pleased at being "teased" while she was straightening her hair and getting their sons ready for football.

Mrs Bull said: "You're rubbing your eyes, you're looking at the numbers and you're trying to comprehend things. Thinking, 'it must be four million maybe' and they've got the dots and the dashes in the wrong places - there's got to be some pence somewhere."

Mr Bull, who works with a team of only two or three other builders, said they do not plan to leave Mansfield or buy a glamorous mansion.

"All of this has happened at a crazy fast speed since Saturday and it is hard to keep up," he said. "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."

Other than the landing carpet, Mr Bull would like splash out on a box at Old Trafford to watch his beloved Manchester United, followed by a Range Rover Sport, a villa somewhere and a trip to Disney in Florida for the children.

Mrs Bull, who works in health insurance, said she may go back to work and cannot spend her days shopping - a pastime she detests so much she even has her groceries delivered.

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