What happened to Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest National Lottery winners

They are among Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest winners on The National Lottery. Between them, they have landed more than GBP6million by playing the numbers game. All but four are couples and the majority are from Coventry.

The latest winner, Marcin Jedrzejewsk, is among those who have chosen to remain rooted in the region. The truck driver, 40, was driving across the country delivering essential supplies when he found he had won GBP350,000 as he phoned his mum on a break from his marathon weekend rounds in June 2020. He plans to buy a house without a mortgage in Rugby.

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The emails come out twice a day, at lunchtime and in the evening, with the latest news, what's on and sport from across Coventry and Warwickshire. Bill and Cath Mularkey waved goodbye to the region and moved to the Caribbean after winning GBP1million in July 2017. It was a lifelong dream fulfilled for the couple, who have been together almost three decades.

Research released by The National Lottery this week shows that most people in the West Midlands would spend their winnings on buying a seaside retreat, followed by a garden redesign and then a home in the countryside. Splashing the cash is likely to be on the minds of new millionaires after tonight's (Saturday, June 27) GBP15million 'must be won' jackpot. The total sum can be won by one person but if no one matches all six main numbers then the prize will roll down to the next level, where players match five main numbers and the bonus ball, and potentially create lots of millionaires 

The National Lottery has also complied a list of the region's biggest winners since 2013. Here's a look at the players whose numbers came good.

Marcin Jedrzejewski, Rugby, GBP350,000, June 2020

Truck driver Marcin Jedrzejewski pops the champagne on his National Lottery win

  Marcin plans to continue working nights despite his numbers coming in.

The 40-year-old, from Rugby, said he would use the windfall to throw a belated birthday party when it is safe to do so and realise his dream of buying his own home with no mortgage. However, landing a fortune won't see him upping sticks - he is planning to stay in his hometown and carry on with his night job delivering food across the country. Marcin, who is divorced, moved to the UK in 2005 and worked as a bus driver in London until he decided to re-train and become a lorry driver, relocating to Rugby in 2013.

"The Rugby area has many distribution hubs and is a good place to be based for driving work. It's also a nice place to live", he said earlier this month. "After years of renting, I can now buy a place I can call home and with no mortgage - this is what people dream of.

And I will stay in the Rugby area due to my job and keep delivering across the UK during Covid-19 and beyond."

Simon Waddup, Coventry, GBP1million, June 2020

Simon Waddup from Coventry

  The electrician from Coventry struck it rich on the EuroMillions lottery after playing it for the first time. Simon, who has dreamt of building a property portfolio since he was a schoolboy, is now looking forward to fulfilling his ambition.

It was the first time the 31-year-old had played the game - after 'hearing a voice' telling him his luck was about to change while he was out shopping in Aldi at the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry. "I was shopping in Aldi and I kept hearing this voice telling me to buy a lottery ticket. It sounds daft but I had the same message even as I was going home," he said.

"I have played Instant Win Games on The National Lottery website but never a main draw game. When I got back, I looked at my National Lottery account online and I had GBP5 left in my wallet. "I didn't even know what day it was, or what type of draw was available next, but saw I could buy a EuroMillions Lucky Dip for GBP2.50 so decided to buy two for that night's draw."


Martin and Paula Brandist, Nuneaton, GBP1million, October 2019

What happened to Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest National Lottery winnersMartin and Debbie Brandist from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, celebrate with champagne and sangria after scooping a GBP1million Lotto prize

The couple from Nuneaton won big just days after celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

Martin had been playing the lottery since it started with the same numbers. But it was actually a free lucky dip that changed his and wife Debbie's lives. The couple won the dip after playing with their regular numbers.

At the time, they were hoping to buy a home in Lanzarote - but Debbie, a finance manager for the NHS, planned to carry on working. When the couple realised they had won, it was such a shock that Martin had to get Debbie to double check the ticket. Philip and Gayle Say, Coventry, GBP1million, October 2019

The couple had a double celebration after winning the lottery twice with the exact same numbers on the same day. Gayle and Phillip Say, both 65, won the top prize of GBP500,000 on the Thunderball. Gayle went to her usual shop on the day of the draw to buy the tickets and afterwards realised she had chosen the same combination of tickets twice - one on each ticket.

But the apparent blunder paid dividends when the numbers were drawn. Gayle said at the time: "I had the tickets in my hand and rushed inside to tell Philip we had won, and at the same time I realised another of the tickets had the same number line. "I kept shouting, we've won and we've won again!

Philip was scrambling for his glasses to look at the phone to make sure I was right. "We were both shaking, my legs were wobbling and we just looked at my phone in shock. "I resigned last week after we found out about the win, worked my week's notice and as of today I am officially retired."

Sam Lawton, Leamington Spa, GBP120,000, August 2019

What happened to Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest National Lottery winnersSam Lawton with his partner Connie Bell celebrating his win

 

Sam was aged just 19 when his first ever lottery ticket came good. His Lucky Dip ticket matched five numbers on the Set For Life draw - though he went to work not believing he had won. And while he was "chuffed to bits" with his prize from The National Lottery, he admitted at the time that his mum was a little miffed.

Sam said: "I think my mum has played the lottery since it started. I spoke to my sister and apparently mum had seen there were four winners and she was fuming that she wasn't one of them. "But then she found out that I was.

I rang her in Tesco and she was at the checkout and she just broke down on the phone to me." Same and his partner, Connie Bell, had been planning a trip to New York and deposit on a house with their one-year-old son, Noah. Sam is receiving 12 payments of GBP10,000 - one payment a month for a year.

Bill and Cath Mularkey, Coventry, GBP1million, July 2017

What happened to Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest National Lottery winnersFrom Coventry to the Caribbean.

National Lottery winners Bill and Cath Mullarkey visited the Coombe Abbey Hotel a year on from their GBP1million EuroMillions win for a Caribbean barbecue.

  Bill and Cath Mullarkey had dreamt of living a life of luxury on the Caribbean island of St Lucia after meeting 27 years ago. Following their win on the Euromillions Millionaire Maker prize, they are living the dream with a home in the sun.

They already had a plot of land but were able to build their own house on it, fully complete with four apartments for people to stay in, a rooftop terrace and a jaccuzi. They also bought a 31ft boat which they sail around the island on thanks to their big lottery win.

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In 2018, Bill told CoventryLive: "We are literally living the dream. "We bought the plot of land in St Lucia more than 15 years ago in the hope that one day we would be able to build the home of our dreams.

"Now, thanks to the lottery win, we have. "We've been able to clear our mortgage on our home in Coventry and will resettle in St Lucia for part of the year. "It's still so hard to take in but our dreams really have come true.

"You buy a lottery ticket and you dream what it would be like to win, but for this to happen to us is just completely mind-blowing. "We've been able to build the house and buy a boat."

Ian Dunn and Karen McDougall, Coventry, GBP1million, October 2013

What happened to Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest National Lottery winnersIan Dunn and his partner Karen McDougall won GBP1million on a National Lottery scratchcard.

  The couple jetted to Las Vegas after striking gold on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Ian only popped to his local shop to pick up a few items following his shift at Jaguar Land Rover and bought a scratchcard on impulse. Ian, then 28, and his long-term partner Karen Dougall were left astonished after he scratched his way to the seven-figure jackpot. The dad-of-two has said: "I waited until I got home to scratch the card and then just stared at it in disbelief.

"I said 'someone better double check this' and handed it to Karen. "We sat up all night waiting until we could call The National Lottery, wondering if this was really happening and didn't get a wink of sleep." The couple faced a nervous wait until the next morning to get the win confirmed.

After getting the green light, the couple booked a trip of a lifetime to Vegas complete with a fountain-view room at the glitzy five-star Bellagio Hotel.

Paul and Ginny Wood, GBP1million, Coventry, August 2013

Coventry Lottery winners Paul and Ginny Wood

  The couple have thought of others after their windfall, supporting a fundraising drive for a hospice that touched their hearts. Paul and Ginny first visited Zoe's Place Hospice in Ash Green when they, along with other Midlands' Lottery winners, hosted a Christmas party for centre staff and families.

But in 2017, the couple, who struck gold on the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker, launched the drive, with a unique handmade electric toy car just one of the prizes up for grabs.

The car, a replica of the Batmobile, from the Batman franchise, was made by 58-year-old Paul himself.

After their win, the couple had a shopping list which included a new car but they planned to carry on working to provide financial security for their family.

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