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Grandma who scooped 1m EuroMillions win kept new fortune secret for five weeks
The Mirror – Lotto winner Paula Williamson and husband Geoff from Barnsley celebrate their 1M EuroMillions after keeping it a secret from her sons for over five weeks. Pictured with their sons Ian (L) and Jack (R).
A dinner lady who kept her 1M lottery win a secret for five weeks gave her two sons the shock of their lives today when she showed them her giant cheque.
Paula Williamson, 59, kept her EuroMillions fortune hidden as one of her sons was on holiday in Australia and she wanted the family to celebrate together.
But yesterday the sneaky gran and her husband, retired long distance lorry driver, Geoff, 68, tricked their sons into going to a posh hotel to reveal the truth.
The gran, whod claimed shed won a 20-year long service award from her school, broke down in tears of joy, just as the champagne arrived and she asked them: Are you ready for this…youd better be!
Bus driver Jack, 26, and ground worker, Ian, 24, who still live with their parents, were left further stunned when she told them she was buying them a house each.
Ian, who was turned down for a mortgage because he was newly self employed, blurted out No way! and Jack said: Youre joking! before hugging and kissing their mum.
Paula, from Barnsley, South Yorks, said later: They were speechless. Ive never seen them like it before. Celebrating the winning moment is something we wanted to ensure we would remember for ever.
I wanted to celebrate together. It was tough being in the same house as Ian and keeping it from him but we did it.
We just tried to keep ourselves as occupied as possible. Some days I didnt even think about it.
The couple joked they would finally get their three bed semi-detached home back as the kids could now move out.
Ive said I will buy these two a house, get rid of them. Get them out!, she laughed.
Jack, who has two daughters, had just come off a 20 hour flight from Australia, said: I live in the smallest room at home and its 6ft by 8ft.
Ive only got a single bed so it would be great to get my own place.
Ive been in Australia for just over four weeks and didnt know anything. I still dont believe it.
He said he was thinking about moving to Australia, and his dad Geoff said: I could be on the same plane!
Ian, who has a son, quipped how he planned to move as far away as possible away from his parents who still tell him off for his untidy room.
He was overjoyed he was getting home as hed been recently turned down for a mortgage as hed become self-employed.
Asked if hed been suspicious his parents were hiding something, he said: I got home from work one day and she said a lady was coming and I asked Why? Have you won the lottery? and she says No, were having some windows fitted. I didnt suspect a thing.
His mum told how shed spent a week with the winning ticket in her handbag and only found out at her weekly supermarket shop at Morrisons when she had it checked.
The machine made a noise and she said I cant pay you, its over 500. I thought it must by 550 or something, the mum said.
I was really excited but thought knowing my luck it was probably 550, that would be a nice deposit for the new three piece suite I had been dreaming about buying. I immediately rushed home and called Camelot.
The lady on the phone said to me…are you sitting down?…You have won 1M!.
The couple, who have been together 23 years and have five grandchildren between them, said they had no plans to upgrade their Skoda Octavia and buy that new sofa.
Retired Geoff, who has two daughters, Karen, 39, in Australia and Donna, 44, from a previous relationship, said: Im looking forward to the house being quieter once the boys move out into their own homes.
Id also like to go to Spain on holiday but Paula doesnt really like the sun! Maybe a little house on the Costa Blanca, that would be nice. We went to Benidorm last year.
Asked what her future plans were, Paula said she wanted to keep working at Hill Private Academy school, adding: I want to carry on working as long as theyll have me.
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