Winning big on the Lottery, how would you react?

National Lottery reveals the nation’s initial response ahead of tomorrow’s massive EuroMillions jackpot of £107M including Northern Ireland winner, Corey Skeffington (24)

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 6:00 am

The National Lottery has revealed some of its most goosebump-worthy winning moments - the instant players call and find out that they’ve just won an extraordinary prize.

And as the nation listens and imagines what their reaction would be if they were to win today’s massive EuroMillions jackpot of £107M, research reveals that almost a third of players would immediately turn on the waterworks if they won.

The newly released selection of life-changing calls captures the moment when the players hear that yes, they have won big on The National Lottery. From whoops and cheers to the silence of utter disbelief, the calls give an exclusive look into the private moment winners’ dreams come true.

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Corey Skeffington from Coalisland in County Tyrone, knows all about the emotions involved after winning £250,000 on a National Lottery Scratchcard one year ago

One Northern Ireland winner, Corey Skeffington (24) from Coalisland, knows all about the emotions involved after winning £250,000 on a National Lottery Scratchcard one year ago.

“At first I didn’t say a word as I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” explained Corey. “I just sat there staring at the Scratchcard and went as white as a sheet – so much so that my friends were actually asking me what was wrong. Then came the realisation stage and the cheering and jumping that comes with it before I called my aunt and my mum to break the news. That’s when the emotion got the better of me and I cried my eyes out as I told them what had happened.

“That night, I was so restless that I just sat on the edge of the bed most of the night until I finally fell asleep – and it was like this for the next few days.”

A defender for Coalisland Fianna FC’s newly formed ‘Thirds’ team, Corey’s reactions are typical of how many National Lottery players imagine they would react if they were as lucky. The latest research shows that 35% of players said they would kiss their partner (35%), embark on a journey of jumping up and down (32%), scream at the top of their lungs (29%), or burst into tears (28%).

The nationwide poll of 1,500 players across GB and Northern Ireland revealed that players would share their good fortune, with a call to Mum being one of the first things many of us would do if our numbers came up (27%). And that’s before running around the house (25%) or having a good old dance to celebrate (19%).

Having paid out almost £3BN in major prizes, Camelot’s Andy Carter, Senior Winners Advisor at The National Lottery has seen every reaction possible. Andy said: “Unsurprisingly, we get to see a lot of happy people in our job, but their reactions certainly differ. Some people feel sick, some people jump up and down, some people are having a party when we arrive, others haven’t told a single soul - I’ve even had people fainting!

“I’ve been there with winners when they reveal to family and friends that they’ve won. That’s lovely as it’s a very private moment for them and you can see the genuine shock and delight on people’s faces.

“Winners tell me their emotions aren’t anything like they thought - I suppose you never know how you will react until you have to make that amazing call to Camelot. And who knows, the massive EuroMillions jackpot of £107M today could provoke even more extreme emotions if a UK player were to win!”

But for all the tears and cheers, it seems there are still those who would fail to get carried away believing that they’d turn to stone with the shock and would simply sit in silence while they let it sink in (18%) – as Corey did when he first saw that his Scratchcard was a winner.

Corey Skeffington recalls making that all important phone call: “I’ll never forget making that phone call. After I had calmed down a little, I rang the National Lottery number on the back of the Scratchcard and spoke to a lovely lady who asked me to confirm my details. I couldn’t believe the words were leaving my mouth as I told her that I thought I’d won a quarter of a million pounds, and when she confirmed that I had indeed won, well… words can’t really describe that feeling. I hope lots of others in Northern Ireland get to experience it.”

Top 15 things players would do if they found out they’d won the Lottery

1. Kiss my partner - 35%

2. Jump up and down - 32%

3 Scream - 29%

4. Burst into tears - 28%

5. Start working out who to give the money to - 28%

6. Call mum - 27%

7. Run around the house - 25%

8. Book a holiday - 24%

9. Dance - 19%

10. Sit in silence - 18%

11. Pour a large glass of wine - 16%

12. Go online shopping - 16%

13. Put the kettle on - 14%

14. Call the boss and hand in my notice - 8%

15. Tell my colleagues what I really thought of them - 3%

By playing any National Lottery game, players generate an average of £36M each week for National Lottery-funded projects. This money helps support everything from the local charity making a difference where you live through to helping our nation’s athletes win Olympic and Paralympic gold medals. To date, over £43BN has been raised and distributed to National Lottery Good Causes through more than 635,000 individual grants.

Thanks to National Lottery players, over £1.2BN is being used by charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which includes over £600M in funding support from the National Lottery Community Fund which is being used to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis.

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