A DELIVERY driver is celebrating his £1m lottery win – just a day after testing positive for Covid.
Mr. Mark Francis, 49, was sitting at home “coughing and splashing” when he decided to check his email to find his lottery number.
But he is still surprised when it says he has winnings to claim EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker.
He quickly dialed the lottery company to which he heard the magical words: “Yes, Mr. Francis, you are a millionaire.”
49 years old, who is from Swansea, South Wales, said: “The day before I was driving and feeling unwell. I went home for a lateral flow test and the result was positive.
“The next day, I was watching daytime TV and thought I might as well check my email to see if I won anything.
“I could only see that I had a match in the draw so I was confused. I didn’t realize I had won the lottery draw and there was only one winner.
“The woman on the phone paused for a long moment and then said, ‘Yes, Sir Francis, you are a millionaire. “I don’t even remember what I answered. It was all a blur.”
Mark, who works for Euro Car Parts, then called his partner Helen Taylor, 50, to tell her the life-changing news.
Helen’s carer was about to help a woman get to the bathroom when she told Mark it wasn’t a great time to call.
She said, “I told him ‘Mark, I can’t take calls at this minute’ and he said, ‘You need to get this. I don’t bother. “
Mark spent his days in isolation searching for a new home online after informing his close family of the win.
The couple, who have four children and five grandchildren, spent the next few days “in denial” while Mark focused on controlling the virus.
I don’t even remember what I answered. It’s all just a blur,
He then gets a notification that the money has gone into his account – before looking at his balance to see a string of zeros.
He said: “I saw it and I thought oh it’s real. We told the family straight away but keeping quiet is different from that.
“I do the weekly lottery and I even did it after I won because I still had some money left on my online account. I kept telling everyone you had to join him to win. get it.”
The plan key worker couple now plan to stick with their day jobs after working through the entire pandemic.
Mark, who was previously the hotel’s night manager, said: “I want to keep working. I’m in a job that I really love and I get along very well with my colleagues. .
“We booked a package holiday to Rhodes so we kept that and are going in the summer.
“We are planning to help the family with money and buy a house with a nice garden. We want to be in this area.
“We are likely going on a big family holiday next year maybe in Majorca and are planning a trip to London to go to the Natural History Museum and see the crown jewels.”
Mark has bought an Audi Q5 and also wants to take a “once-in-a-lifetime trip” to see the British Lions at Australia 2025.
He added: “The rest of the money will be a good nest when we retire. Now the pressure will ease and we don’t need to work overtime.”
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