Published: 13:01, 12 October 2018
| Updated: 15:19, 12 October 2018
A young couple who hit the £1 million Lotto raffle jackpot are pressing ahead with plans to buy their dream home and getting married.
Air conditioning engineer Mick Tyler, 35, and fiancée Sarah Harmer, a legal team assistant, discovered their Lotto ticket was a £1 million winner the day before they jetted off to Portugal for a week’s holiday.
Not wishing to put the long-awaited holiday plans on hold, the pair confirmed their win with Camelot before they flew but while away, brought their wedding forward and reserved their dream home.
VIDEO: Couple celebrate Lotto win
Mick said: “I proposed to Sarah in Reculver on Christmas Eve but in order to save up for the wedding, we weren’t going to get married until June 2020.
"While we were on holiday we decided why wait, so we called the venue to bring it forward and now we will be Mr and Mrs almost a year sooner.
VIDEO: Couple celebrate Lotto win
“After that I think we were on a roll, so we called the developers who we’d seen building our dream house around the corner from our current home and decided to put a reserve on that too.
"Then we sat back and enjoyed the Portuguese sun”
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The couple’s lucky journey started when Mick deposited £30 into his online account at national-lottery.co.uk.
Playing a line on Lotto each draw he didn’t think much about it until Sunday, September 30, when he was having dinner at a local pub with his family and saw that he had an email from The National Lottery.
Showing it to his dad, who said it was probably just a few pounds, he left it until later that evening.
Mick said: “When we got home I logged on again and saw an email announcing I’d won £1M. I showed Sarah who immediately got the numbers up on the TV and cross-referenced to the winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle code. Alongside ‘I do’ hearing ‘Oh my God Mick, you’ve won a million’ from Sarah are words I won’t forget in a while!”
Realising that the Camelot phone lines would be closed on Sunday evening the pair set the alarm clocks to be ready and primed by the phone at 8am on Monday when the lines reopened.
Mick said: “Our call went in at 8.00am on the dot. When the win was confirmed we both screamed, before calling all the family and telling them to come over to celebrate. There was a lot of shouting and laughter, not your average Monday morning, I don’t know what the neighbours thought was going on! They were probably grateful for the peace when we disappeared on holiday the following day!”
Now home, and with the money safely in the bank, Mick and Sarah are looking forward to planning their wedding and a honeymoon in the States with the happy couple planning to turn left on the plane to First Class, and choosing the fixtures and fittings for their new home.
Mick said: “This is all so utterly mad and yet so flipping brilliant! For months, every evening we have been walking our dog Ralph past this development of beautiful homes joking that if we won the lottery we’d move there. And now we have, and now we will!
“Yesterday we were picking the flooring and kitchen cupboards for a lavish five-bedroom detached dream home, two weeks ago we were choosing new wallpaper for our three bed-semi.
“Aside from our new home, and the best wedding ever, we don’t have any solid plans. We will both carry on working and in the future might consider setting up our own business or investing in property but for now, we will focus on our new home and that big day in September next year; and maybe spend just a little more time improving my golf handicap.”