Family finds £1m lotto win under Xmas tree
A family who left their winning Lottery ticket under their tree for two days without checking it received the ultimate present - when they found out they had won on Christmas Day.
Karen Shaw and her family won £1m 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 all sat down at 4pm on Christmas Day to open the presents and I remembered the tickets. I'd 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'.
"None of us could believe it."
And she revealed what she planned to do with the winnings.
"It will allow the kids to get a property -which will give me two spare bedrooms and a lot less mess to tidy!" said Mrs Shaw.
"And Anthony and I have always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise."