Friends should get something
British couple scoop €220m Fable jackpot
May 19, 2022, 6:38 p.m.
A British couple have less to worry about after winning a record jackpot. Like many Britons before, they have struggled with the rising cost of living. Today, the parents of two children are worth around 220 million euros. But they don’t want to keep their money for themselves.
A couple from Britain have won the country’s biggest lottery jackpot and are now nearly 220 million richer. Joe and Jess Thwaite, from Gloucester in the west of England, called the unprecedented £184,262,899 win “huge for us”. The two picked their jackpot numbers at random, as they said during a press conference.
“It was amazing but also surreal,” said Joe, 49, who works at a communications company, as he learned of the win. “I looked at the amount online on my smartphone. I put it down first, then I picked it up and looked at the amount again.”
He did not wake his wife, who was sleeping next to him at the time, but only surprised her after she got up. “He said, ‘I have a secret to tell you,'” Jess, 44, recalled her husband’s words. “I said, ‘Don’t be stupid! “” adding that they both initially thought it was a joke and “obviously untrue”.
“We are like any normal family“
The couple, like many other Britons, are struggling with the rising cost of living in the country. It is out of the question for both of them to keep the money just for themselves. They want to share their new fortune with friends and family. “While it’s wonderful and exciting, it’s also a huge relief for anyone struggling with all their bills,” said Jess, who runs a hair salon with her mother and sister. “We’re like any normal family. It’s just a huge relief.”
Plus, the family, which includes two school-aged children and a number of pets including horses, ponies, dogs and even geckos, are planning a rare family vacation – and likely the purchase of a new car. “We never go on vacation,” Jess explained. “Our children would die for driving in the sun.” Destination: still unclear. One of the children would rather go to Hawaii, the other to a Texas ranch. The jackpot represents a new record in the United Kingdom, it is the second largest in the history of “Euromillions”, which is played in nine European countries.