Simon scoops £1m thanks to beginner's luck on EuroMillions

An electrician is celebrating winning £1million after a “voice in his head” told him to have his first ever go on the EuroMillions.

Simon Waddup, 31, landed the windfall after an impulse to take a punt on the National Lottery game on May 19.

The dad-of-one from Coventry had been shopping in his local Aldi when he “kept hearing a voice in his head” telling him to buy a ticket.

When he got home, he went online to buy two £2.50 Lucky Dips for that evening’s draw and was stunned to land a huge slice of beginner’s luck by scooping £1 million.



Simon said: “I have played Instant Win Games on The National Lottery website but never a main draw game.

“I was shopping in Aldi and I kept hearing this voice telling me to buy a lottery ticket. It sounds daft but I had the same message even as I was going home.

“When I got back, I looked at my National Lottery account online and I had £5 left in my wallet.

“I didn’t even know what day it was, or what type of draw was available next, but saw I could buy a EuroMillions Lucky Dip for £2.50 so decided to buy two for that night’s draw.

“I completely forgot about it until the next morning.

“I was waiting for a delivery from 7am and at about 8.30am looked at my phone and saw I had a message from the National Lottery.

“I knew I had won something big but I couldn’t quite believe it was £1 million, and it wasn’t until I called the National Lottery hotline I let myself believe that it was real.

“It was a very big shock.



Simon scoops £1m thanks to beginner's luck on EuroMillions

“Initially, I was so shaky and didn’t know what to think. I thought it was a joke or a prank.

“The first person I told was my 10-year-old daughter.

“She didn’t fully understand the amount it was because the first thing she said was ‘can I get a passport now, is this what it means?’

“She’s never been abroad and that’s been her one goal, to go abroad.

“I then phoned my mum and sister and they didn’t believe me. I still can’t believe this was the first time I played a main draw game.

“I’ve played Instant Win Games and won a few quid here and there. Lady Luck must have been smiling down on me and said ‘you need this now’.”

Simon, who has dreamt of being a property developer since he was a boy, says he now hopes to realise his life-time ambition following his win.

“I’ve had a dream as a child, I always wanted to do property development, build houses and make better houses for people.”

He has spent years working on building sites to learn various trades before becoming an electrician and has studied building planning in his spare time.

He said: “When my mum and sister finally realised I wasn’t joking, all we could talk about was my lifelong dream would now be a reality – I could be a property developer.

“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to buy old properties, do them up and build my own portfolio.

“We can’t believe that I got that amazing windfall that will enable me to now go after my dream.”

The win also comes at the perfect time as Simon’s health has restricted his ability to work and pursue his dream.

He said: “My health has constantly held me back. I have a rare blood disorder, my blood clots a lot meaning I must take blood-thinning tablets. I also have a faulty heart valve and together it has meant I’ve been in and out of hospital a lot over the last few years.

“I haven’t been able to work since last summer, which has been so frustrating.”

Since the win, Simon has been spending his time researching properties online – as well as planning family holidays.

He has also treated himself and his daughter to some new clothes as well as splashing out on a new coffee machine.

He added: “Due to coronavirus, I can’t celebrate with my family and I can’t wait to see people and talk about the win – I will definitely be treating my family.

“I will also get a passport for my daughter and, when we can, take a trip abroad – she has already told me that she wants to go to Spain.”

Single Simon said: “I’ve already treated my kids to some clothes and trainers that they’ve picked out themselves.

“I’ve planned on taking them away for a holiday once the lockdown is down.

“I didn’t fully believe it until about two days later, when I was doing the actual paperwork, that’s when I realised ‘yeah you’ve won a million pounds’.”

Talking about his property portfolio ambitions, he said: “I’ve always had unluckiness with my health that has always kind of hindered it.

“But now I’ve won this money I can fulfill everything that I want and carry on building this dream.”

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