Tuesday 17 January 2017

Family win over €72m from EuroMillions jackpot after 'lucky' call from mum

Claire Hayhurst

Published 03/08/2016 | 14:24

Members of the Davies family (from the left) Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie Davies, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell.
Members of the Davies family (from the left) Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie Davies, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell.

A family who scooped a €72m EuroMillions jackpot only bought the ticket after their mother rang from her holiday in Florida to say she was feeling lucky.

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The five-strong syndicate made up of Stephanie Davies, 23, her boyfriend Steve Powell, 30, her sister Courtney, 19, their mum Sonia, 53, and Sonia's partner Keith Reynolds, 55, from Monmouth, hit the jackpot on Friday, July 29.

And Stephanie only purchased the six Lucky Dip tickets after receiving a call from her mother late on Friday evening.

Mrs Davies pleaded with her daughter to buy the tickets as she was feeling lucky.

"I thought mum was mad calling me from holiday but they were so insistent I knew we had to do it," she said today as they celebrated their £61,102,442.90 win.

Mrs Davies was celebrating after successful keyhole surgery in the US to remove a tumour on her parathyroid gland.

Miss Davies bought the tickets from the Overmonow Garage in Monmouth, Wales and was stunned when she checked the numbers in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Describing her dash to get the tickets, Miss Davies said: "My car was blocked in the drive by my boyfriend Steve's, so to save time I made him drive me to buy a ticket instead of moving mine."

Maggie Stanley, 42, from Monmouth, Wales, in Overmonnow petrol station, Monmouth, where she sold the £61m winning lottery ticket to Stephanie Davies.
Maggie Stanley, 42, from Monmouth, Wales, in Overmonnow petrol station, Monmouth, where she sold the £61m winning lottery ticket to Stephanie Davies.

Her mother, an admin assistant, and Mr Reynolds, a regional director, were in Florida to see his daughter graduate and for the surgery.

Earlier this year Ms Davies was diagnosed with the tumour and found a world-leading treatment centre near where they were on holiday so she could have keyhole surgery there.

"I had my operation on Wednesday and until then, we didn't know how serious it was," she said.

"They told me that if it hadn't been removed it would have been fatal - at the very least I would have lost my voice within a year.

"They managed to give me the all-clear straight after the operation, so as you would imagine, we were on cloud nine."

Ms Davies said: "I had my surgery on the Wednesday and I suppose the Friday was the first day I felt 'I am cured', I felt good, it didn't hurt any more.

"Keith was scanning his emails and read about the EuroMillions rollover.

"He was convinced that we were the luckiest people on the planet and definitely on a winning streak after the success of my op so we called up my daughter, Courtney, to ask her to go and buy a ticket.

"She was travelling and wasn't about to change her plans so we called Stephanie instead as something told us we needed to get a ticket."

Miss Davies and Mr Powell did not check the tickets until the early hours of Sunday morning, after spending the evening with friends.

Mr Powell said: "We were laughing and joking about the lottery.

"Steph remembered she had bought a ticket. She said 'if I shout down it means we've won the lottery and if not, I've gone to bed'.

"She came down crying."

Miss Davies had checked the numbers on her iPad and realised they had all of them - with one UK ticket holder scooping the £61 million prize.

She said: "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 ten times over. Then I heard Steve shouting 'we've won £61 million'."

The winning numbers from the EuroMillions draw on Friday were 1, 21, 26, 40, 50 and Lucky Stars 2 and 4.

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