National Lottery winner gets £1 million jackpot after 'thinking she'd won £1,700'

A National Lottery winner's seven life-changing words to her mum after checking her ticket have been revealed. Toni Henderson won £1million on a Lucky Dip ticket, and admits she could not believe the amount of money she won with the life-changing moment.

The 32-year-old said: “I am just a normal person, living payday to payday. The rent has just gone up and I live on my own. With managing the bills it was starting to get a bit of a struggle. The win will help me massively - I have so much freedom now and I feel a lot more independent.

"It gives my son the start he deserves and I want the money to last for our future. To be honest, I feel a bit guilty for spending it as I haven’t earned it. I am so unbelievably grateful but it’s going to take a lot of time to sink in."

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"On the odd Saturday I might buy some Lucky Dips on Lotto, which is exactly what I did that afternoon. I didn’t do anything with them until I woke up at eight the next morning and thought I would have a look," she said. "I checked one of the lines and realised I had some of the numbers. I originally thought I had matched five numbers, which was £1,700 and I was buzzing that I’d won that - it was extra money I didn’t have.

"But when I logged into my online account it came along the top that I had won £1M. I sat there counting the zeros, shaking in bed, whilst my son was still asleep. I tried to ring my mum but she wasn’t answering so I woke my son up and we jumped in the car to mum’s. She was visibly concerned when we turned up out of the blue and kept asking what was wrong.

"I remember saying something like, ‘I think you need to sit down’ before telling her that I’d won £1M on The National Lottery - she couldn’t believe it. She was in the middle of starting the Sunday lunch and just stood there shaking. I was on autopilot for the rest of the day and didn’t sleep a wink that night.”

"There are no words to express how you feel. I had this excited butterfly feeling having the win officially confirmed and then seeing all of the zeros in my bank account," she added. "You sit and think about what you’d do all the time if you won, but then, when it happens, you don’t know what to do."

"I did take my son shopping and we bought some toys but even then I told him certain things were too expensive. I have always had to be cautious with money so it doesn’t feel right to spend lots on things I wouldn’t have bought before. I am not a materialistic person, even now I find a pair of trainers over £100 far too expensive."

She added: "I texted my manager and said, 'something bizarre has happened at the weekend, can you give me a ring?'. When I told him I’d won £1M on The National Lottery at the weekend he could not believe it. I asked to have a few days off to try and get my head around it all.

"I want to keep working - it gives my son a good upbringing and he can learn the value of working hard. My mum has always worked and I want him to have a good mindset and learn that for the nice things in life, you have to earn them. I want to be a good role model for him. I have worked since the age of 17 - I would be bored and lost if I didn’t work."

She continued: "I eventually want to buy a house and I have been looking at new cars and settled on a Kia Sportage in the end, which I love! You think you’re going to get a flash one when you win, but I quickly realised that really isn’t me. I am just happy with the prospect of a new car - that’s a first for me."

She said "I’m not a greedy person - I just want to help others really. I’ve helped out family members and I want to do something special for my mum and dad. No amount of money can repay them for all they have done for me. I am also going to take my son to Disney World Florida. You only live once and he has never been abroad.

"That is a one-off trip that I wouldn’t have been able to do before the win. I get a lot of comfort out of helping others – that’s what I get a buzz out of."