A Lottery winner’s partner gave him a hilarious response when he showed her his £1 million win, originally misreading the huge amount of money the couple had scooped.
Paul McDonald, 48, won a whopping £1,063,516 on Sunday and after checking his account “30 times”, he rushed off to catch the second half of his child’s panto performance.
Arriving late Paul, from Bexhill, East Sussex, had to quietly take his seat alongside his partner where he showed her a screengrab he had taken of their life-changing winnings.
In the gloomy light she misread it as just £1,063, responding: “Great, we can get the bathroom done."
His other half then calmly went back to watching the pantomime performance.
Paul's millionaire adventure started when he checked his emails and discovered one congratulating him on a win.
He assumed it was a much smaller win so wasn't prepared when he logged into his account and saw the prize amount of over £1 million staring back at him.
The 48-year-old said: “I’d like to pretend I leapt about celebrating but instead I logged out, shut down the computer, made myself a cup of tea and watched the football for five minutes.
“I think it was my way of dealing with the surprise but a slurp of tea and a bit of football kickstarted me again.
“I then logged back into the account about 30 times, each time expecting it to disappear but always seeing the same winning amount, eventually I took a screen grab and dashed off to catch the second half of the panto.”
When the family returned home that night and Paul’s partner realised the size of the winnings, they sat down to discuss what to do with the money.
Paul said: “I work in distribution so it’s been a whirlwind of a year involving lots of travel and project management, and with Christmas a very busy time in my industry, there’s barely been a spare second to plan for Christmas let alone plan for becoming a National Lottery millionaire!
“My logical side of the brain is firmly engaged so there won’t be any rash decisions, if we do this well, we could make a difference not just to our lives but future generations too.
“I don’t intend to give up work, however the mortgage will be paid off so it will be nice to know that every pay cheque is mine, not to be shared with the mortgage lender.”
He added: “This win will mean we can enjoy little sparkles every now and then.
"Whether it’s a luxury ski-holiday to Aspen, Christmas trips to Lapland, meals out with family and friends or weekends away just for us, breaking out from daily life and making memories is going to be utterly life-changing.
“It’s crazy, one minute you’re battling with extension leads and focused on putting up the Christmas lights, hoping to make it to the second half of the local Christmas panto to see your youngest’s performance, the next you’re a millionaire!
“I’ve worked all my life, I’m proud to be a grafter from a family of grafters, so to suddenly discover on a Sunday evening that I’ve won more money than most people earn in a lifetime is taking some time for the analytical side of my brain to absorb.
“The other part of my brain, the dreamer and adventurous side, is all over the win!"