National Lottery player spends £1m win on unusual first purchase

National Lottery player spends £1m win on unusual first purchase

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George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 15/05/2024

- 11:11

Updated: 15/05/2024

- 11:20

The mystery woman scooped £1m after matching five main numbers

A National Lottery winner has chosen an unusual prize as her first purchase.

The Norfolk woman, known only as Mrs G, won £1m after matching five main numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on April 13.

In an unusual move, the woman decided to splash her cash on a lawnmower as her first purchase.

However, she did say she has bigger ambitions to buy a bungalow.

National Lottery

Mrs G is now a millionaire thanks to the draw


Senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery Andy Carter said: "Wow what an incredible win for Mrs. G, who has become a million pounds richer overnight.

"She can now look forward to hunting for a new home."

Lottery winners have the opportunity to release their names, remain anonymous or like Mrs. G, release some details through partial publicity.

Her lawnmower purchase was more outlandish than HGV driver Lee Kuchczynski's, from Kendal, Cumbria, who bought a £17 backscratcher after winning a EuroMillions draw.


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Mrs G said she wishes to purchase a lawnmower


Earlier this year, Joshua Addyman, who won a £4million jackpot, has spoken out about being unable to claim his winnings on his debit card.

The 29-year-old had for some time no idea his card had purchased the winning National Lottery ticket. Two men, Jon-Ross Watson and Mark Goodram, pre-emptively started celebrating after Addyman’s debit card appeared to land them a multi-million-pound pot.

Watson and Goodram, career criminals with 94 conviction between them, were charged with fraud by Greater Manchester Police. They were later jailed on three counts after pleading guilty at Bolton Crown Court.

Addyman told The Sun: “No one ever told me someone won £4million. I've had my card stolen before, I was like 'why is this such a big deal?' No one ever explained it to me. If it was about people winning £4million on my card, I would have been interested to see what happens to these people."

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The National Lottery was taken over by Allwyn earlier this year


Changes to National Lottery rules have left players struggling to get their hands on their prize money with some waiting weeks for winnings. The new rules emerged after the Lottery was taken over by Allwyn in February.

In response, an Allwyn spokesperson said: "This is a new claims process we’ve had to introduce following the Post Office's decision to no longer pay National Lottery retail prizes between £500.01 and £50,000. As a result of it being new, we’ve been experiencing higher volumes of players contacting us and some initial delays to players receiving their prizes.

"We've since increased the number of colleagues to assist with claims – which is helping us send out prizes more quickly – and are continuing to work to make improvements to the process.

"For example, we recently started a trial where anyone winning under £1,000 no longer needs to send in their winning ticket to us to help speed up the process. We're also reminding players that prizes of up to £500 can still be paid out in store."

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