A British grandmother who won a £ 3.8 million lottery jackpot just before Christmas found out she was "physically ill" after realizing this was real.
The former social worker, who lives in a three-bedroom bungalow in Rhyl, Wales, valued at £ 154,000, checked her ticket on the National Lottery app when it made "a strange noise" before seeing the staggering amount.
The grandmother of seven said she was "completely incredulous" and had to wake up her husband Michael, a 74-year-old retired truck driver, to check that the ticket was real.
Diane Bate (pictured with her 74-year-old husband Michael), 70, received the award on December 12 after buying a ticket from an Asda in Flintshire, North East Wales
Diane and Michael imagined celebrating their huge £ 3.8 million win. The grandmother said she was "physically ill" after determining the ticket was genuine
She said, "I was looking at the crowd and couldn't quite believe my eyes. I thought," That can't be right ?! "Most of that I've ever won before is 100 pounds.
"I was totally incredulous and woke Michael up to check the ticket. He wasn't happy, but we've been married for 52 years so he'll be over and done with it soon!" I still didn't believe it so I checked my granddaughter's as well.
"I had to have checked it about six times in total before I started to believe it was real, and by that point I was physically ill!"
Ms. Bate added, "My granddaughters once played a prank on me and convinced me that I had won £ 1,000 at bingo, which almost gave me a heart attack.
"The feeling of winning the lottery is not even comparable – I'm on cloud nine!"
After that, she cooked a Sunday roast to distract herself from the big win and called her family to tell them the news.
Ms. Bate, who has three daughters, Sheryl, Sasha and Sara, said, “I called my daughter and she thought I was kidding.
"I then called my grandson and he didn't believe me either. As part of our support bubble, he immediately rushed around to check the ticket for himself."
The grandmother, pictured with her husband from Rhyl, Wales, was checking her ticket with the National Lottery app when it made "a strange noise" before seeing the amazing crowd
She plans to buy a bigger house in the area she currently lives in but doesn't want a villa or anything flashy.
Ms. Bate and her husband also hope to travel to Australia to see their daughter, the United States, and Canada.
She added: “We will definitely be enjoying first class flights on our trips!
"I don't want anything special, I have everything I really need, but when I buy a new handbag I always feel good."
However, to celebrate that £ 3.8m is in the bank, one has to wait for the mother of three, who is subject to Wales' strict lockdown rules.
Due to government rules, she can't even run to the stores for extra Christmas presents for her grandchildren.
Ms. Bate also hopes to help her granddaughter with the profits.
The former social worker lives in a three bedroom bungalow (above) estimated at £ 154,000 in Rhyl, Wales. She plans to buy a bigger house in the same area
She bought the ticket from an Asda on St. Asaph Avenue (pictured above) in Flintshire, North East Wales, and matched all six main numbers in the December 12th draw
She said, “One of our granddaughters is getting married in January in the United States.
"Unfortunately we cannot take part due to Covid, but the victory means that we can help financially and give her a great wedding."
“Michael has had an illness lately so this win has been a real pick-me-up for both of us.
"Being able to help our families brings us so much happiness – not only is it an asset to me, it is an asset to them, too."
Ms. Bate matched all six main numbers in the lottery draw. The winning numbers were 13, 38, 39, 49, 53, 56 and the bonus ball number was 59.
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