Christmas bonus for lottery family
Members of a family who left their winning lottery tickets under their tree for two days without checking them received the ultimate present when they found out they had won on Christmas Day.
Karen Shaw and her family won £1 million in the special EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle on December 23, but did not check their numbers until two days later.
After opening presents with her husband, Anthony, 43, and children Sara, 22, and Karl, 20, at their home in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, she did not look at the winning ticket until around 4pm.
Mrs Shaw, 44, who manages a sheltered housing scheme, said she had bought tickets for each of them on a whim.
She said: "We eventually all sat down around 4pm on Christmas Day to open the presents and I remembered the tickets. I had put them in an envelope under the tree.
"Karl was looking at numbers on his phone and suddenly said 'You had better check it - I think it's a winner'."
She added: "It is unbelievable that we had £1 million under our tree all that time."
The family, who bought their winning ticket in Asda in Kendal, were one of the 25 ticket-holders who each banked £1 million in the draw, which marked the finale of Millionaires Month.
EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle has been making a UK millionaire in every EuroMillions draw since November 2009. Millionaires Month, which launched on November 25, guaranteed to create 50 millionaires in the UK before Christmas.
After the special launch draw with 18 winners, a millionaire was made every Tuesday and Friday until December 23, when there were 25 winners.