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Celebration: Sammantha Young and husband Paul uncork the bubbly

Celebration: Sammantha Young and husband Paul uncork the bubbly

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Celebration: Sammantha Young and husband Paul uncork the bubbly

A "Football widow" who bought a National Lottery ticket to alleviate boredom during the European Championship is celebrating after scooping £1m.

Sammantha Young decided to buy the ticket while husband Paul was watching the latest of many Euro 2020 matches on July 2.

The 33-year-old won her prize in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw after also winning £20 on the Instant Win game on the National Lottery app that night.

Mrs Young, of Basingstoke, Hampshire, said: "Like the rest of the country, I've been so proud to support the England team and cheered them all the way to the final.

"However, my husband has watched every group game and it has been a little trying at times, which is why I brightened my Friday evening with a glass of Prosecco and a National Lottery Instant Win game.

"I won £20, which I then used to buy a couple of Lucky Dip tickets for that night's EuroMillions draw.

"Just before I went to bed, I logged back in and saw that there was no jackpot winner so I thought that was it, little did I know I'd wake up a millionaire the next morning."

Mrs Young said that the money would give the family security but also pay for luxuries such as a dream holiday.

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