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Eskdale teen girl lottery winner is named

A ESKDALE student who won more than £7 million on the EuroMillions lottery has been named.

Ianthe Fullagar photo
Ianthe Fullagar

Ianthe Fullagar, 18, of Eskdale, learned she had won £7,055.142.10 as she watched TV on Friday night to check the numbers on her lucky dip ticket in the £100m draw.

She told today of her excitement as she learned that her numbers had come up, saying: “At first I thought I had matched three numbers so I couldn’t believe it when I realised I had five main numbers plus one Lucky Star.

“My mum called the national lottery line and it was only then that I realised I had won a share of the jackpot.

“We were both screaming so loudly that my dog Brock did not know what was happening and bit me on the bottom!

“After waking up everyone in the house, checking the numbers over and over again we drank some Prosecco to celebrate. I then called my boyfriend Sam.

“I didn’t know what to do with my ticket so after hiding it in my bra and jewellery box, I settled for my gym bag until it was confirmed I was a winner.”

Ianthe, who wants to study law at university next year, added: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet but we have already celebrated with a traditional family party – beans on toast, curly fries, cider and loads of ice cream.”

She bought her winning ticket from Lakeland Habit, in Gosforth.

Her identity was revealed at a press conference at a Kendal hotel today.

Ianthe said she had only played the lottery a few times and the money will help her family who have been very supportive.

Asked about what she would do with the money in the short term, given the financial crisis, she said she had deposited the cash with the HSBC bank who have promised to look after it. She said: “I only want to help my family now and buy a new car – a Ford Ka – because my old one conked out a few weeks ago.”

She explained that she intends to start a law degree at university after recently passing A levels in English, maths and biology with grades C, B and C respectively.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to have my own law practice and believed it would take years and years to get there but hopefully I will be able to do that sooner that’s still my dream.

“This all feels like a dream just now. Hopefully life will go back to normal.”

When asked whether she was worried about becoming so fabulously rich so quickly she said: “I have a very strong and supportive family and they will keep my feet on the ground.”

Ianthe’s mother Zoe, a nurse, told reporters: “We are a very supportive family and I think we’re going to be just fine all together. We have a really close relationship and I’m not going to let her run away with any fancy ideas.”

Ianthe is planning one treat for her youngers siblings – a trip to Toys R Us.

A Camelot spokesman said: “This girl’s win is very exciting. She’s just done her A-levels and this will surely change her life.

“At 18 she’s the youngest Euro Millions winner.”

The teen is one of four UK ticketholders who scooped a total of £28m on last weekend’s lotto. They were among 15 winners sharing £100m.

The biggest British winner of the Euro Millions jackpot to date is Glasgow postal administrator Angela Kelly, who scooped £35.4m last August.

The European lottery crown is held by Ireland’s Dolores McNamara, who won £77m in July 2005.

Cockermouth schoolgirl Callie Rogers was just 16 when she became Britain’s youngest ever lottery winner – netting £1.9m in 2003.

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Invest Invest Invest - you'll soon build up enough interest to live off and also build up the capital. When the interest rates go up (sometime in the distant future) you'll be rolling in it !

Posted by Derek on 22 July 2011 at 09:25

aww... yeahy!!! congratulations. just watch out for the so-called friends coming out the woodwork now youve got cash! enjoy!!

Posted by nik on 26 May 2011 at 10:08

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