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I won £1million EuroMillions jackpot… I almost lost it all when balance on my account plummeted to £4.90

A EUROMILLIONS winner who scooped the jaw-dropping £1million jackpot prize had less than £5 to her name before the life-changing win.

Ian Anderson, 77, and wife Marlyn, 70, bagged the windfall after nabbing the fateful £2.50 Lucky Dip ticket.


Marlyn Anderson and husband Ian from celebrating their £1million windfall[/caption]

James Chapelard

The couple had less than £5 on their lotto account when they bought the winning ticket[/caption]

The Stirling couple had only £4.90 left in her National Lottery account before deciding to play.

Marlyn, who now cares for her terminally ill husband after he was diagnosed with pleural plaques and pulmonary fibrosis, always plays the Lottery but never believed what would happen next.

“It was the day after the draw that I saw an email saying there was good news about my ticket,” she said.

“I initially thought we had won £1,000 and I was absolutely delighted.

“I then started to count the zeros – and couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing – so I counted them again!

“I just kept thinking it couldn’t be true… I was desperately watching the clock tick to 8am when I could call the National Lottery to confirm everything.

“I couldn’t believe it when the person on the other end of the phone told me it was correct… I actually don’t think the news has fully sunk in yet – neither Ian nor I can believe it.

“It still all seems very surreal – there is no other word to describe what we are going through right now!”

Marlyn says she intends to splash the cash on a spacious bungalow to allow Ian to live the rest of his life in comfort.

She said: “Buying a bungalow – and I think I have seen one already – will allow Ian to have his own bedroom and for us to have a sitting room too, all on one level.

“This will be so special as it is something we haven’t been able to do for such a long time.”

Big-hearted Marlyn previously worked as a carer for people with learning disabilities and dementia, but now cares full time for the love of her life.

Ian’s illness means he cannot use the stairs, and the couple spend day and night in their living room bedsit.

Marlyn had worked as a carer for people with dementia and learning difficulties, but had taken up the role full-time to care for her husband of 32 years.

Ian, a former construction worker, has blamed his terminal illness on prolonged exposure to asbestos during his days working on building sites.

The lotto cash has given Ian peace of mind that when he passes away, his wife will be okay along with their two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marlyn said: “This will be so special as it is something we haven’t been able to do for such a long time.

“He will be able to live the rest of his life in comfort.”

UK’s biggest lottery winners

By Ethan Singh

  • Anonymous winner£195,707,000

A UK ticket-holder scooped the record EuroMillions jackpot of £195 million on July 19 2022 – the biggest National Lottery win of all time.

The holder, who remains anonymous to this day, amassed the fortune with just one lucky ticket.

  • Joe and Jess Thwaite£184,262,899.10

Britain’s previous EuroMillions record holders were Joe and Jess Thwaite.

The couple won a record-breaking £184million jackpot in May 2022 and shared hopes of a Hawaiian holiday and a new horse box for their children’s ponies.

Joe bought his winning ticket online on May 10, 2022, and the following morning received an email with good news.

As he learnt of the huge win, he was in disbelief and initially kept it for himself as he did not want to disturb his wife, who was sleeping.

Joe, a communications sales engineer, and Jess, who runs a hairdressing salon with her sister, have been married for 11 years and have two children.

  • Colin and Chris Weir, £161,653,000

Colin and Christine Weir landed the colossal prize money in 2011 and were Europe’s second-biggest winners until someone in Italy won a jackpot worth £193m in 2019.

They splashed the cash at an astounding rate of £100,000 a week before tragedy struck.

But at the time of Colin’s death in December 2019 his share of the prize money had dwindled by around £40m.

He spent the millions living a life of luxury, forking out for sports cars, property and the football club he supported.

Colin and Christine divorced shortly before his death after being married for 38 years.

He left money for their children Carly and Jamie.

  • Adrian and Gillian Brayford £148,600,000

Adrian and Gillian won 190 million euros in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012, which came to just over £148 million.

But Adrian split from Gillian the following year because of the stress of the win.

The couple bought a Grade II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with cinema and billiards room, but it was sold in 2021.

After divorcing in 2013, he failed to woo ex-sausage factory worker Marta Jarosz — but fell for stable girl Sam Burbidge.

She left him in 2017, taking 30 prize horses Adrian bought.

It might have worked out in the end for Adrian though as the former postman was seen smiling with ambulance worker Tracey Biles last year.

  • Frances and Patrick Connolly – £114,969,775

Former social worker and teacher Frances set up two charitable foundations after she and her husband hit the jackpot.

They scooped almost £115 million on New Year’s Day 2019.

She estimates that she has already given away £60 million to charitable causes, as well as friends and family.

  • Richard and Debbie Nuttall£61,000,000

The couple from Colne, Lancashire, took home £61 million on January 30 2024.

Both 54, they were enjoying a holiday in Fuerteventura, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

But they then discovered the big EuroMillions win.

Richard revealed they originally thought they had won £2.60, but then received another email telling the pair to check their account.

Other eye-watering anonymous winners:

  • 2019£123million

Another anonymous winner scooped up a prize of £123,458,008 in the June Superdraw rollover.

  • 2021 – £122million

Following nine rollovers, one ticketholder bagged the £122,550,350 jackpot last April.

The successful participant chose to remain anonymous.

  • 2018 – £121million

Another anonymous winner found their fortune during the Superdraw jackpot rollover in April 2018, securing £121,328,187.

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