Single mother 'will never have to struggle again' after £14.5m EuroMillions win
A single mother-of-four has said it is "overwhelming to know that I'm never going to have to struggle again" after she scooped £14.5 million in the EuroMillions draw.
Bev Doran, 37, was one of th ree lottery jackpot winners celebrating multimillion-pound windfalls on Wednesday.
Ms Doran gave up work two years ago to look after her children, two of whom have autism, and said her first priority will be to move from her cramped council house in Shipley, West Yorkshire, to a bigger home.
And she was wasting no time with her relocation plans on Wednesday as friends and neighbours helped strip her semi-detached house of much of its old furniture and contents ready for any new purchases and an imminent move.
People living in the cul-de sac on the West Royd estate said Ms Doran was helping out other people in the area who needed some of her discarded belongings, which were being loaded into a skip.
Despite having an allergy to champagne, Ms Doran celebrated by spraying the bubbly at a Bradford hotel, at the same time that best friends Paula Barraclough, 45, and Lorraine Smith, 54, from Tyne and Wear, were explaining how they won £7.6 million each in Saturday's Lotto draw.
She said her daughter, five, and her youngest son, nine, have autism diagnoses and another son, 10, is also going through testing.
Her oldest son, who is 17, is still in shock after her win and has already asked if he can have £3 million, a request she said she turned down.
"It's just come at a right nice time," Ms Doran told a press conference at the Marriott Hotel in Baildon, Bradford.
"I've been there like most people. I've struggled. It's overwhelming to know that I'm never going to have to struggle again."
Ms Doran said she had struggled to live on benefits of about £400 a week and laughed as she recalled how the call handler at the benefits office nearly dropped the phone when she rang to tell them her "circumstances had changed".
She said that two weeks ago her only meal out was a poached egg on toast at her local Morrisons supermarket.
On Saturday, the day after her win, she went shopping in Harrogate and was drinking wine at £25 a bottle.
Ms Doran said she is looking for houses in the same area and is keen to get a holiday home, possibly in Portugal, b ut she is happy to keep driving her Vauxhall Astra and will donate to autism charities.
She said she split from the father of her three youngest children about seven months ago and laughed when it was suggested she might now be fighting off proposals.
"I'm not looking for any marriage proposals," she said.
Neighbours and friends of Ms Dolan helped load many of her old belongings into a yellow skip outside her house on Wednesday.
One man living nearby said: "It looks like she's getting rid of all her old stuff. I think someone down the street is sorting it out so people who need something can have it."
The man said it was wrong to say people were just helping themselves to Ms Doran's old things.
He said: " It's one of the best streets on this estate. Lots of people want to go onto this street. But would you stay living here if you'd won that much money?
"I think it's good she's won because it shows you it's not a fiddle. You see people winning who've already got money. Here you've got someone deserves it, who needs it. It's nice. "
Ms Doran won £14,509,500 on Friday night's EuroMillions draw with a lucky dip ticket. Her numbers were 19, 25, 33, 36 and 48, with lucky stars 2 and 9.