Office manager, 48, walked around with £21MILLION winning lottery ticket in her handbag for a week before she realised she and her husband had scooped the jackpot

  • Donna and David Stickley became the National Lottery’s 5000th millionaires
  • Ms Stickley, 48, said that she always gets a Lotto ticket every Friday night
  • The couple bought their winning ticket from Casco Supermarket in Slough 

A office manager walked around with a £21 million lottery ticket in her handbag for a week before she realised she and her husband were winners.  

Donna and David Stickley became the National Lottery’s 5000th millionaires, it was revealed this morning.

Donna aged 48 years, said that she always buys a Lotto ticket every Friday night on the way to the pub with her husband, 58-year-old David.

Donna and David Stickley, 48 and 58, from Slough became the National Lottery’s 5000th millionaires, it was revealed this morning. Pictured are the married couple celebrating their win in Windsor, Berkshire

The couple, who have no children, have been considering what to do next, but are keen to ensure David’s mother and Donna’s father are looked after as a priority

After checking the ticket during a shopping trip last Saturday – a week after buying it – Donna discovered they had won some money when she was told to call Camelot as the shop couldn’t pay out prizes over £500.

David, an aircraft re-fueller at Babcock International, said: ‘Last Saturday, my other half called me at work and all I could hear was lots of funny breathing down the phone, like something was wrong – she was all in a tizz.

‘She said she’d been told to contact Camelot by the shop because we had won some money. She said ‘I’ve checked on the internet and I think we may have won £2m but it just doesn’t look right’.

‘I told her to go and double check again as things like this don’t happen to people like us. She sent me a text with the amount on it from the internet but she had read the amount wrong – it wasn’t £2m, it was £21m!

David said Donna wanted some new pots and pans when they got married which she hasn’t yet bought, so he joked he may put an extra ‘£10 towards them too’

‘Not knowing what to do as I was in the middle of a shift, I called and told her to put it somewhere safe so we could deal with it later. I suggested maybe she could go shopping or do something to take her mind off it – she was all over the place and I thought it may distract her until I finished work and we could decide what to do next!

‘The rest is history.’

Donna, who works at engineering firm MacGregor Industries Limited as an office manager, has been with David for 20 years but only tied the knot in March this year when they thought ‘it was about time they got married.’

The couple, who have no children, have been considering what to do next, but are keen to ensure David’s mother and Donna’s father are looked after as a priority, as they are not in the best of health.

‘As you would expect, some things have had to be put to one side while we take time to look after our elderly mum and dad. We’ve always said to them whatever care they need we will find the money, so this makes the situation even more manageable.’

As well as looking after those close to them, the 5000th National Lottery millionaires, plan to go on a beach holiday quite soon to relax and work out what they want to do next. 

They are considering buying a new car and will look to invest some of the win.

The couple have no plans to move house from Slough (pictured) just yet as David said: ‘We are having the house redecorated in June so that will go ahead first’

After checking the ticket during a shopping trip last Saturday – a week after buying it – Donna discovered they had won some money when she was told to call Camelot

As well as looking after those close to them, the 5000th National Lottery millionaires, plan to go on a beach holiday quite soon to relax and work out what they want to do next

David said Donna wanted some new pots and pans when they got married which she hasn’t yet bought, so he joked he may put an extra ‘£10 towards them too.’

However, they have no plans to move house from Slough just yet.

David said: ‘We are having the house redecorated in June so that will go ahead first. Do you know how hard it is to find a good decorator that can paint a straight line. We’ve just found one so that has to go ahead!’

Talking about their win, David added: ‘We intend to celebrate in style – we will do something we aren’t ever going to forget as this is an unbelievable time for us both.’

The couple bought their winning ticket from Casco Supermarket in Slough and the winning Lotto numbers from the draw on May were 1, 15, 21, 30, 35 and 44. The numbers are a random selection, chosen by David.

The National Lottery has made 5,000 millionaires across all of its games since launch in 1994. Those lucky 5,000 have won a combined total of £13..3 billion out of the £65 billion won by National Lottery players to date.

The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like David and Donna as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £30m for National Lottery-funded projects every week. 

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