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£61.1m Lotto win mother was feeling lucky after tumour op

By Claire Hayhurst

A mother who felt lucky after surviving a tumour operation in the US has described how she rang her daughter back home to insist she bought a lottery ticket - and won £61.1m.

Sonia Davies (53) who was in Florida with partner Keith Reynolds (55) recovering from an operation to remove the tumour from her parathyroid gland, said: "I later found out that the tumour could have been fatal if it wasn't removed. Once I got the all-clear, I felt like I was on cloud nine."

Sonia said she felt like luck was "shining down on us" and phoned her daughter Stephanie back in the UK to buy a lottery ticket.

Sales executive Stephanie (23), whose 30-year-old boyfriend Steve Powell is also part of the syndicate, added: "It was a bit of a mad dash to get the tickets, because mum's call came in late on Friday."

The couple bought six lucky dips for Friday's draw - but did not check their tickets until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Project manager Steve said: "She (Stephanie) said 'If I shout down it means we've won the lottery and if not, I've gone to bed'. She came down crying."

Stephanie, whose father died a few years ago, added: "As soon as I saw that ticket I had my hands over my eyes, I was shaking, I was crying. I said to Steve 'for once in my life I am not even joking'. We checked the ticket about 10 times over."

She then phoned her mother, who was waiting to board her delayed flight home.

Sonia said: "All I could hear was Steph sobbing down the phone and the odd muffled word. I thought she'd told me she'd lost her dog. Then I heard Steve shouting 'we've won £61m'.

"It was the longest flight of our life. We did think about coming home in business class but decided against it as it was too expensive."

The family - who hail from Monmouthshire in south-east Wales - said they were all still considering what to do with their £12,220,488 shares of the £61,102,442 jackpot.

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