The Unexpected Lottery Winner

The Unexpected Lottery Winner


Imagine not realising that you were a Lottery Millionaire until two whole months after the draw had taken place – That’s exactly what a married couple from Wiltshire did this summer!

The Unexpected Winners!

51 year old Ruth Doyle had thought she had won £25 on the lottery in June 2015 as she didn’t check her online National Lottery account. She had in fact matched the unique EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker code and netted a cool £1 million.

It actually took an email and phone call from Camelot a whole two months later before the penny (all one million of them) dropped!

Ruth is reported to have said,

“…When I got the call telling me I’d won I thought it was wind up! I had had an email from the National Lottery telling me I’d won but it didn’t say how much…I just checked my bank account, and not my National Lottery account, and it said 325 had gone in from the National Lottery so I didn’t check further, as I thought that must have been it.”

Ruth and her husband Peter finally celebrated their big win by having a huge party for family and friends at the same place they held wedding on the same date eight years earlier.  A double whammy a Bronze Wedding Anniversary and surprise announcement to stunned party guests as they had kept their big win a secret until that moment.

Ruth & Peter Doyle
Ruth & Peter Doyle


The lucky couple plan to pay off their mortgage on their home in Lyneham, Wiltshire and also their holiday home in Alicante, Spain.

The sensible pair also added about their Lottery win,

“…It gives us a secure future, we can relax a bit more but we have no plans to stop working or anything like that…”