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Sunday, 21 September 2014

South Cumbria family wins lottery

A Grange family today spoke of their delight at winning £1m on the lottery.

EM Karen and Anthony Shaw 1
Karen and Anthony Shaw

The Shaw family from Grange were today named as one of the 25 winners created by the Christmas EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw.

Karen and Anthony Shaw, aged 44 and 43 respectively, and daughter Sara, 22, and Karl, 20, were in a family syndicate when they scooped their big win.

Karen, who manages a sheltered housing scheme, bought tickets for each of the family members on a whim from Asda in Kendal last Friday.

She said: “We eventually all sat down around 4pm on Christmas Day to open the presents and I remembered the tickets. I had put them in an envelope under the tree.”

The four family members agreed to share any winnings before checking off the tickets.

She said: “Karl was looking at numbers on his phone and suddenly said, ‘You had better check it, I think it’s a winner’. After looking at it we all agreed the right number was there but none of us could believe it was real.”

Karen tucked the ticket away in her wardrobe and waited until Camelot confirmed the win to finally start to believe it was real.

She said: “We were all together yesterday (Thursday) after the lady from Camelot had visited and it was the first time we could really allow it to sink in. It is unbelievable that we had £1m under our tree all that time.”

Karen reveals that the win is going to help the whole family.

She said: “The first thing we need to do is get the kids sorted out, it will allow them to get a property – which will give me two spare bedrooms and a lot less mess to tidy.

“Anthony and I have always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise so we can plan that now, and of course we will also treat the rest of the family. It is financial security really.”

The winning Millionaire Raffle number was FXX429386.

EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle has been making a guaranteed UK millionaire in every EuroMillions draw since November 2009.

Millionaires Month, which launched on November 25, guaranteed to create 50 millionaires all here in the UK before Christmas.

* Don’t miss tomorrow's Evening Mail for all the reaction to the Shaw family's perfect end to 2011.

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lovely win and happy days to u and your family enjoy the experience .and be your selves xxx

Posted by julie on 30 December 2011 at 21:01

Well done Karen and family.A lovely hardworking lady.xxx

Posted by Ann,Peter,Karen and Craig on 30 December 2011 at 14:46

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