Last-gasp lottery ticket scoops father a cool million
A father-of-two who bought a Christmas Day lottery ticket just an hour before the draw has won £1m.
John Gill (56), from Warrington in Cheshire, said the win was the "best ever ending to 2015 and the best ever start to 2016".
Mr Gill also won a luxury holiday to see the Northern Lights after purchasing a £2 ticket for the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw on Christmas Day.
The married dad first bought mobile phones for his son and daughter after joking that he would get them new ones if his numbers came in.
He said: "My son had his mobile phone stolen the week before Christmas. I gave him an old phone just so he wasn't without one. I said to him on Christmas Eve, 'How are you getting on with that phone?' And he said that it would do for now.
"My reply was, 'You never know, I may win the lottery on Christmas Day and then you can have a new one'. Never did I really believe this wish and dream would come true."
Mr Gill, who has been married to accountant Patricia for more than 30 years, described the moment he realised he had become a millionaire.
"I had been playing a game online and I had run out of lives, so I just thought I would check my lottery results. I had to check, check and check again - I just kept thinking, 'This can't be real'.
"I just couldn't work out if I had won £100, £1,000, or £100,000 - and then I realised it was £1m.
"I just kept staring at the noughts, looking away and then looking again thinking, 'Am I going cross-eyed? This just cannot be true'."