Tears of joy for Lottery winners
Published 03/09/2014 | 12:07
The National Lottery has released exclusive recordings of the moment three winners find out they have become millionaires.
The recordings reveal winners who cannot believe their luck and are overcome with happiness at the news of their life-changing win.
The three recordings - available at National Lottery's YouTube site - include Grahame Nield welling up at news of his £6.6 million Lotto Jackpot win.
The other winners are Kerry Poxon disbelieving her £1.1 million Lotto jackpot and Emma Wildin celebrating her £1 million Scratchcard win.
Professor Michael Trimble of the Institute of Neurology, University College, London, and his co-worker Professor Dale Hesdorffer of Columbia University, New York, have conducted many surveys on crying as an emotional response, and have examined the emotions of National Lottery winners.
Most of the sample were married or living with a partner, and had won over £1 million. They found out that the initial reaction of winners was shock or disbelief, but their most joyful memory was when they shared the news with family, loved ones and friends, rather than at that life-changing moment they found out they had become a millionaire.
Mr Nield, from North Yorkshire, confirmed the findings to be true. He said: "I didn't really remember the call, a lot of my memories are a blur from when we won. I just wanted someone to say it was real and confirm it. I kept welling up, I don't cry often but it was such an emotional moment."
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