EuroMillions winner targets new house after scooping almost £250k in online game

A warehouse worker is set to buy a new house with her boyfriend after scooping almost £250,000 on the EuroMillions.

Samantha Morton relocated from Dorset to Benfleet, Essex to be with her lover after being furloughed from her job in March at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown.

The 36-year-old is now planning to purchase a house with her other half Barry Lingard, 26, after her £242,775.50 win.

Samantha said: "Barry and I met online towards the end of last year, before the pandemic changed all our lives.

"When the pandemic struck, I was put on furlough and both Barry and I really wanted to be closer to each other, so I made the move to Essex to live with Barry and his family.

“Essex is where we want to be and this life-changing win means that Barry and I can start looking for a house of our own – it will be amazing!”

Samantha was eventually made redundant but she found a warehouse job in Essex and her big win in the online draw means she can get back on the festive overtime.

Talking about finding out about the life-changing sum of money on November 27, she was given "the shock" of her life but still had to complete her shift.

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Samantha said: "I was up for work early, as usual, when I checked my emails and saw one from the National Lottery telling me I'd won.

"I got the shock of my life when I logged into my National Lottery account and it said I'd won nearly £250,000!"

"I was in a bit of a daze at work that morning and couldn't wait to get my break so that I could ring Camelot to check for certain that I had won.

I’m not a regular National Lottery player but I’d seen the EuroMillions jackpot was getting really big so thought I’d have a go. I played a Lucky Dip and it seems the Gods were smiling on me that day.”

As well as the house Samantha also plans to buy her hire car outright, pay off her debts and book a warm holiday somewhere with her boyfriend.

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