When he woke up on Wednesday May 11, Joe Thwaite couldn't believe it.
“When I woke up, I checked my emails and there were some saying that I had won a prize.
I opened the app, logged in, then looked at the amount.
I put the phone down, picked it up, and looked at the amount again.
I first thought it was in the thousands… “, he explains, a broad smile on his lips, in a television program.
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He had just won £184,262,899 (almost 217 million euros).
A record in the UK.
"It's unbelievable, unreal", describes Joe Thwaite.
After hearing the news, he waited for his wife Jess Thwaite to wake up to tell him.
“I was on my way to work.
And since I work with my mom and sister and can't lie to them, I asked Joe if I could tell them.
When I told my mother about it, she screamed and burst into tears,” she says.
“It's a great relief for us.
Like everyone who has had problems with bills, we are like all normal families, who have these problems, so it was a huge relief.
Thanks to this gain, the couple wishes to buy the house of their dreams.
"We were already looking for a house," explains Joe Thwaite.
Now we have no more limits, no more need to put a filter”, he laughs.
The previous record in the United Kingdom dates from 2017. It stood at £170 million.
The winner wanted to remain anonymous.