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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

He wants a box at Man United, she wants a new carpet for the landing! Builder and his wife who won £41MILLION Euro lotto

-Gareth and Catherine Bull HAVEN'T told their two sons, aged nine and 10
-Mr Bull bought winning ticket on a whim when rain stopped him working
-They vow to support breast cancer charities after Mrs Bull's mother was struck down by the disease five years ago

By Rob Cooper

Lottery joy: Gareth and Catherine Bull revealed today they haven't yet told their two sons that they scooped almost £41million on the Euromillions last Friday

A self-employed builder and his wife were celebrating today after scooping a bank account-busting £41m EuroMillions win - and they revealed while he plans to buy a box at Manchester United she will be happy splashing out on a new landing carpet.

Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, told how they bought the ticket on a whim before last Friday's draw - when rain stopped him from working.

Mrs Bull, 35, said she discovered they were multi-millionaires when her husband walked into the bedroom 'white as a sheet' with the ticket 'shaking in his hand' on Saturday morning.

But the couple then calmly put the win to the back of their minds and took their two sons, aged nine and 10, to their football matches as normal.

They said they have not yet told their sons about the win but would do later after they finish school.

They were presented with a winning cheque for £40,627,241 at a press conference in Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, today.

The £41million win makes them as wealthy as Kylie Minogue, Mick Hucknall and Pete Townshend, according to the Sunday Times rich list.

Huge win: Gareth and Catherine Bull scooped almost £41million on the EuroMillions last Friday

Sealed with a kiss: Mr and Mrs Bull, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, are presented with their winner's cheque today

However, their huge prize is only the seventh-biggest lottery prize given out in Britain.

Mr Bull, 40, said: 'All of this has happened at a crazy fast speed since Saturday and it is hard to keep up. We have our dream home which we built from scratch and it is impossible to think about what we are going to do next yet.

'We have only told a few people so far so it will be exciting to sit down together as a family and work out plans for the future.'

Mr Bull said top of his shopping list was a box at Old Trafford so he could watch Manchester United - and he also wants to buy a Range Rover Sport, a villa somewhere and pay for a trip to Disney in Florida for the children.

Where they live now: Mrs Bull said she already has her dream home and her ambitions only stretch as far as buying a new carpet after they scooped almost £41million

Joy: Mr and Mrs Bull have pledged to support breast cancer charities with their winnings after her mother was hit by the disease five years ago

Toasting their success: The first thing Mr and Mrs Bull bought was an iPad - but said they have been so busy they have not even switched it on

Mrs Bull, who works in health insurance, said her ambitions only stretched as far as buying a new landing carpet and getting her hair done more than twice a year.

Together they have vowed to support breast cancer charities after Mrs Bull's mother was hit by the disease five years ago. She has since made a full recovery.

Mr Bull bought the Lucky Dip ticket last week from a shop near where he was working when rain stopped him doing a building job.

When he checked his lottery ticket last Saturday morning he said it took a while to dawn on him that they had won the jackpot.

Mrs Bull said: 'He came into the bedroom as white as a sheet, the ticket was shaking in his hand and I knew that something wasn't right. When he tried to explain that he thought we'd won I thought he was pulling my leg.

'I was in the middle of straightening my hair and told him I wasn't very happy with being teased.'

Mrs Bull said that even though their winning numbers were shown on TV she had to go online to double check.

She added: 'My head was in bits and I thought from the numbers matched we had won £4,000, then I thought it was £40,000 - but the zeros and commas were all in the wrong place and we couldn't work it out.

'At one point we thought it was as much as £4million but we couldn't see straight and it didn't seem real.'

Asked if they thought the win would change them, Mrs Bull said: 'I hope not. It can't. Everything has to change then so no, it can't.'

They said they simply hoped the win would help them continue being healthy and happy.
The first thing they bought was an iPad - but said they have been so busy they have not even switched it on.

Winners: Mr Bull, 40, bought the ticket because he couldn't carry out a building job because it was raining



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