Lottery winner discloses her best buy was a caravan in Cleethorpes

A modest Lotto winner has revealed her best buy after winning £1.7m – a caravan in Cleethorpes.

Lottery winner Trish Emson nevertheless lives in her former family council house and nevertheless works as a dinner lady 18 years after scooping the jackpot.

One of the few luxuries she settled on was a caravan for her, partner Graham Norton, 51, and their son Benjamin, 17, in Cleethorpes.

Trish said: “The best thing we bought was the caravan in Cleethorpes. It’s a big un.

Find more real life stories on GrimsbyLive

“truly I’ve got two now.

“I bought one for my family and friends, for when they come down.”

Trish and Graham at the former council house they continue to live in

Down-to-earth millionaire, Trish, from Rotherham told The Mirror: “Being high doesn’t make you posh or a better person.

“I don’t like showing off and bragging about money and I can’t be posh anyway.

“To look at me you wouldn’t think I was a millionaire, but if I have to dress up I feel fake, I prefer my jeans.

“We’ve been careful. I don’t buy flash cars, I’ve got a Kia and I nevertheless shop in Primark.

“There’s been a few nice holidays too – to Benalmádena, Benidorm, Ibiza and I took my mum on a cruise.”

But Trish said her biggest prize came two weeks after winning the jackpot in October 2003 – when she got pregnant after five-and-a-half years of trying.

Benjamin was conceived just two weeks after the lotto win after five years of trying.

She said: “I would have given all the money back just to get pregnant.

Trish said her real jackpot was giving birth to her son Benjamin

“All I ever wanted was to have children. I had been planning to do IVF, so I was over the moon when I got pregnant.

“I really believe it was thanks to winning the lottery that I did get pregnant.

“I had my mind on something else and it just happened.

“That was a better feeling than winning the lottery and the best thing that’s happened in my life.”

Asked how she keeps son Benjamin’s feet on the ground, she says: “He doesn’t already get pocket money.

“But he does put things in my Amazon basket, although if he’s being cheeky and there’s something for £100, I say, ‘I don’t think so!’

“He went to a normal school, I didn’t send him to a private one because sometimes they can be a bit stuck up and we wanted to keep him with his friends.”

Trish with partner Graham and son Benjamin

Recalling the moment their life changed, she says: “My other half put the numbers up on the telly.

“I said, ‘I’ve got that’, ‘I’ve got that’, I’ve got that!.

“I walked to the shop and passed my ticket over and he said, ‘I can’t give you that. You’ve got the jackpot, you jammy b****r’.” She was told to ring Camelot.

Trish says: “I put the ticket in the bottom drawer, but we were worried as my mother-in-law, who lived with us, had burnt the kitchen down the week before.

“We’d put some meat in and asked her to put the oven on at a certain time, but she put the grill on instead.

Try your luck on our free game

“We had the fire brigade out.

“All the walls were black but the joint was cooked well.

“The ticket was in the drawer and we had images of it going up in flames.”

Explaining why she kept her job serving meals at her local dominant school, Trish says: “I’d be bored to tears without it and I love the kids, they cheer me up every day.

“The kids told me they Googled me because they thought I was telling them fibs about winning the lottery.”

Get the latest GrimsbyLive headlines delivered to your inbox



Click: See details

Leave a Reply