The first thing most people would buy if they had £12.9 million is a bigger house or a better car, but not Mary Hamilton! The newest Euromillions winner from Belfast kept her modesty after becoming a millionaire – her first purchase will be a mobile phone. What would you do with a €42 million Euromillions jackpot?
Mary Hamilton played the lottery since it started 20 years ago, but never dreamed of winning anything big, although she always considered herself a lucky person.
“For the first 10 years or so, I always did play the same numbers week in week out and picked up a few wins over the years but nothing worth talking about. Then I made the brave decision to switch to Lucky Dips and I suppose the rest is history,” said the winner.
Ms. Hamilton went to Jet filling station on the Shore Road to purchase new tickets, and after checking the old ones, she was told to call the lottery number, because they couldn’t pay her money over the counter. After one person from the store checked the numbers on his phone, it turned out she’s a millionaire! At that moment Ms. Hamilton probably realized mobile phone could really come in handy, so she decided to buy one after claiming the prize.
She and her husband Sandy are ready to leave their job at Bannons in Newtownabbey, Antrim where they worked for the last 8 years, but will not forget about their faithful customers.
“I always said to our customers that if I ever won the lottery, I would see them right. And I intend to keep my word and do just that. You could call it a thank you for keeping us in a job.”