A husband and wife celebrate a £ 1 million EuroMillions win to help care for their disabled son.
Neil and Sue Smart’s winning EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize from the March 5 draw will enable them to get the bigger family home they so desperately need.
The couple, from Seaton, Devon, have three children – the youngest of whom was born with scoliosis, a condition that affects the spine, causing it to twist or bend sideways.
Neil and Sue Smart from Seaton, Devon, pictured, raised £ 1 million from EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker
The couple, who have three children, rejoiced at their happiness and said it would help them move to a bigger home for their family.
The couple’s youngest son, who is nine, suffers from scoliosis and needs special treatment – including regular trips to Birmingham hospital
Now nine years old, their son, who also has learning difficulties, needs support and has to go to hospital in Birmingham on a regular basis.
The win means the family can move to a bigger house with the space to take care of him as he grows up and give him all the extra help he needs.
It also means a bigger car for the couple, making their regular 300-mile round trips to Birmingham a lot more comfortable.
Mr. Smart, 50, who works for a construction worker, said, “We’ve never fought for money, we’ve always been careful, but this will make such a difference to the whole family.”
Despite matching the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker code on Friday night, Mr. Smart did not immediately check the National Lottery app and only realized he had an important message urging him to check his account two days later.
‘I don’t check religiously and didn’t get around to it until Sunday evening. Sue had gone to work and the kids were upstairs, so I thought I’d see if I had to go on the phone for the next week, ”he said.
When I logged in, I immediately saw a message saying ‘Congratulations, you won £ 1 million’.
‘I thought it was a scam and called my daughter to read it. We both thought it couldn’t be real, even though it was clearly stated in the National Lottery app and wasn’t just any random email.
“She posted in our family group chat that Daddy had won the lottery and Sue came back and said it was probably only five.”
When Ms. Smart, 51, was at home, the couple checked the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker code repeatedly, but really refused to believe they could be millionaires until they could get official confirmation.
Mr. and Mrs. Smart have three children and a grandchild, including daughters aged 22 and 18 and their nine-year-old son
Mr. Smart admitted that neither of them had slept much that night, but he went to work the next day anyway.
“I wouldn’t stay in bed and let them down – what if I was wrong about the win?” he said.
He called Camelot, who confirmed he was a millionaire, and after telling his wife the good news, he went back to work to finish his shift.
The couple admitted to being excited, but remained very calm until everything was completed.
When the money was deposited in the bank the following Thursday, they opened the champagne and celebrated their happiness.
Mr. and Mrs. Smart have three children and a grandchild.
Their eldest daughter, aged 22, has moved, but the win allowed Ms. Smart to quit her job as a sales assistant and take care of her two-year-old grandson.
Their second daughter, 18 years old, is still studying in college.
A bigger house makes it easier for the whole family.
Currently, their son has the storage room in their three-bedroom house, but the Smarts have already made an offer for a new, larger property.
Mr. Smart said: ‘People have said,’ Well done, it can’t happen to a nicer family ‘, that it’s nice to see ordinary people win, and that’s all good to hear.
“But the victory, and especially the new house, will make a difference to our entire family for years to come, and that’s so important.”
The family plans to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House charity that has supported them.