46-year-old charity manager named Jacqui Shannon from Withal in Essex, won £1 million on the National Lottery, but failed to realize it for three months – despite the fact that the Lottery had sent her an email telling her she’d won a prize.
She won one of the many UK Millionaire Maker prizes in the EuroMillions draw. The Lottery sent her an email telling her about the win, she didnt won in the main draw ,so she assumed it was only a small prize,and didn’t even bothered opening the email.
Three months after, while she was in the office before work, she decided to clear out her old emails, and she stumbled upon the one from the Lottery. It was only then she realised she was a millionaire.
Jacqui said to the press: “I calmly said to my colleague, “sorry, could you hold that thought” and ran out of the room into the corridor to ring Camelot.” Verifying the win, and telling her husband, she says: “I have to admit I went a little crazy in the corridor – leaping about and squealing – and then went back to my desk as calmly as possible, deciding I didn’t want to tell anyone until the money really was in my bank account.”
She says she will spend some of trip to visit her sister in Dubai, two cars – a Mini for herself and a BMW 320 for her husband. She added: “Never did I dream this would happen but now it has, I fully intend to live the dream.”
Leaving it late
Of course she is not the first one to do such thing. In 2012, Alan and Kim Elliott from Aspley in Nottingham, picked up a £1 million EuroMillions win, after a 2 month delay. They had stuck the ticket on the fridge and forgotten about it.
With even a bigger delay , in October 2014, James Wilson claimed his £52,000 EuroMillions win the day before it expired. He opened his wallet and saw an old ticket and went to check it.
There is a interesting group of people who knew about their win, but decided to wait before picking the cash up.
Two sisters, Lisa and Gerry Cannings realised they’d won £32.5 million on the lottery on Valentines Day , the day after the draw. However, they were due to have a decorator in, and decided to not change their plans, so they waited a week for him to finish before picking up their big win.