New £148.6m EuroMillions winners 'celebrated by eating takeaway pizza'

Simon Garner
Yahoo! News

Adrian and Gillian Bayford - the couple from Suffolk who scooped £148.6m on the EuroMillions - have been dubbed Britain's most "down to earth" millionaires after they revealed the first buy with their new fortune was a takeaway pizza.

Hardworking music store owner Adrian Bayford, 41, and his nurse wife Gillian, 40, won the second biggest fortune in British lottery history.


Incredibly, Adrian and Gillian - who admitted to living like "ships in the night" to make ends meet - spent 24 hours with no idea they had won.

The generous pair - committed to sharing their fortune with loved-ones and "those who need it" - said they were still getting to grips with the huge windfall which has catapulted them into the richest 1,000 people in Britain.

When they tried to explain how much money they had won to their children, Cameron, four, and Amy, six, Amy's only request was: "Have we earned enough money to go to Domino's pizza for tea? That was their treat."


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The beaming parents were unveiled to the world as the jackpot winners at luxury hotel Down Hall Country House, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, after deciding that trying to keep their win secret would be impossible.



Mr Bayford revealed he had been watching heist movie 'The Bank Job' while Gillian was out. When she returned they flicked on the news and discovered the EuroMillions winner was from Britain.

He said: "Scrolling along the bottom of the screen was the news that one person had won EuroMillions, but Gillian confessed that she hadn't had time to get a ticket.

"As a joke, I also said neither had I when in fact I had five lines upstairs waiting to be checked.

"By now both of our children had woken-up so while Gillian was trying to settle them back to sleep, I went to check the numbers on my phone.

"Gradually the numbers seemed to match-up with those on my ticket and I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"I rushed back and turned on the main light at which point Gillian went ballistic."



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Mrs Bayford said: "Neither of us can quite comprehend just how much £148 million is.

"We have always worked and saved up for holidays, or things that we need.

"We have lived within our means and been comfortable but we have been like ships in the night to earn the income we needed."

The couple, who live in a £173,000 modern four bedroom, detached home, in Haverhill, Suffolk, now plan to search for their dream home, complete with a new kitchen.

Mrs Bayford said rather than thinking about lavishing money on millionaire's toys, she had been on to the internet to look at a new Audi Q7, which she had always dreamed of owning.


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Mrs Bayford, who works night shifts as a children's ward healthcare assistant at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, said she would consider giving up work - but only to spend more time with her family.

Businesses neighbouring Adrian's Haverhill second hand record store, Suffolk Music Centre, said they had no doubt the honest grafter would be back behind the counter within days.

The store was closed today so Adrian's long-standing business partner and pal Richard Hudspith could share in the celebrations.

However, the store which has been Adrian's labour of love for 17 years after - after he started selling records on a market stall - was expected to reopen on Wednesday.



The business was recently expanded into its adjacent store and Adrian has already said he might use some of the money to make the business even bigger.

Amanda Harris, 33, owner of Amanda Julia Couture, said: "I wouldn't doubt for a second that Adrian will be back into work this week, like everything is normal.

"Our kids play together from time to time, they are always well behaved and polite."

Friends described the family as "wonderful" and said it was "fantastic" to see "normal" people benefit from such "luck".

Family friend of the Brian Wilson, 56, said: "I've known Adrian 17 years. I use to sit in with him in his shop and have chat when it was quiet.

"He's a top bloke and he has a wonderful family. It couldn't of happened to a more down to earth people.

"They are just a normal, every day family. I think it is fantastic that this has happened to them.

"It's nice to see honest hard working people have a stroke of luck."

The couple said it was important to them to use the money to help others, indicating they would look to help children's charities.

A spokeswoman Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, confirmed Mrs Bayford worked on the children's ward.

She said: "We are delighted for her win and wish her all the best."