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A UK grandmother who won more than £1 million from scratchcards is getting ready to splash her cash.
It was an ordinary Sunday morning for Sandy Doyle: she nipped to the shop and bought herself a newspaper, along with two Match A Million National Lottery Scratchcards.
As she was about to make herself a cuppa, she scratched the cards - in an instant, her entire life changed.
On one scratchcard, the 58-year-old, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, won a tenner. Not bad, most people would consider that a fairly large win when it comes to scratchcards. On the other, she won a whopping £1m.
She said (as per ITV News): "I popped the kettle on for a cup of coffee and decided to scratch my scratchcards.
"When I revealed the £1 sign on the first Match A Million, I didn’t believe it so I put it to one side, and played the other. I saw I had won £10 on that Scratchcard which I did believe.
"I then looked back at the other one, rubbed my eyes and signed the back just in-case. I’m an early riser so it was nerve-wracking waiting for the National Lottery phone lines to open at 9:00am.
Sandy said one of her daughters didn't believe her when she said she was a millionaire. "To be fair, I’m not sure I did either," she added.
Sandy eventually got through to Camelot, and her winnings were confirmed. Straight away, she quit her warehouse job and began planning some holidays, with Las Vegas in her sights soon.
She said: "I’ll be helping out my two daughters and my grandkids too, I think the first treat for us all will be a trip to the beach for Easter holidays where we can have fun and take some time to plan the future.
"I have a cousin in Atlanta, Georgia who I haven’t been able to visit in the last two years so a holiday over there, and a road trip to Las Vegas are definitely on the cards.
"I’m also a big rugby fan and have only been able to watch England at Twickenham once so there will certainly be more trips to watch them, as well as watching the Rugby World Cup in France next year."
Sandy has no plans to upgrade to a bigger house, as she's perfectly happy where she is now.
She added: "I didn’t retire to swan about living the millionaire life. I help care for my father, and that was always a juggle with work, now thanks to this amazing win I will have more time to cherish precious moments with him."
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