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Early Christmas Present For Clacton Family who scoop £1m EuroMillions win

15 Dec Early Christmas Present For Clacton Family who scoop £1m EuroMillions win

Christmas has come early for a man from Clacton-on-Sea in Essex who has banked a £1m EuroMillions win and already bought a dream home for his family – and book collection.


The lucky man, Iain Cockburn (50), an avid collector of military books, bought his ticket at the local newsagents when he was on the way home from work on Friday night. Putting the ticket safely on a shelf in the kitchen, the laundry operative settled down to a quiet Friday night in with his mum and brother at the home they share in Clacton-on-Sea. It wasn’t until the following morning that Iain discovered he had won one of the two UK Millionaire Maker prizes from the EuroMillions draw on Friday 2 December, 2016. He said:


“I’m a man of habit, so usually buy my tickets at the local newsagents and also have them checked there too. On Saturday this is exactly what I did but unlike the times when they say, ‘nothing on that’ or ‘congratulations, you’ve got a small win’, this time they checked my ticket and started whispering rather urgently before looking up, grinning and said ‘I think you have won £1 million!”

Iain, who doesn’t drive but loves to travel, also has plans to explore a bit more of the UK. He said:

“I’ve already done quite a lot of international travelling around the globe but there are now some corners of the UK I’d like to explore a bit more. Hopefully mum will be able to join me on a few trips, we are particularly keen to visit more of the fabulous historic sites around the country.”

Iain bought his winning EuroMillions ticket at McColls on North Road in Clacton-on-Sea and his winning UK Millionaire Maker code was VBHQ70012. For every EuroMillions line played UK players also automatically receive a Millionaire Maker entry, and every week Millionaire Maker guarantees to create four UK millionaires – two on Tuesday and two on Friday.

The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like Iain as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £30m for National Lottery-funded projects every week across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.


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