EuroMillions Millionaire from Stockton relives the moment his life changed forever (From The Northern Echo)
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EuroMillions Millionaire from Stockton relives the moment his life changed forever
A LOTTERY millionaire has been able to relive the moment his life changed forever when the audio recording of him being told he had won was released by Camelot.
And now the recording of Andy Garth’s emotional reaction has been used in a nationwide campaign looking at Brits’ excitement threshold.
The 29-year-old, of Stockton, scooped £1m in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw on Christmas Day 2012 - but did not check his ticket until Boxing Day, which just happened to be his birthday.
He said: “To be honest, when they first contacted me and asked me if they could use the recording I couldn’t remember a single word of what I said when I called.
“Once I received a copy of it and started listening to it, it all came flooding back and I could remember what I was saying and how I reacted. I could remember just getting the whole body shake and I could hear that my voice was rising all the time.”
The recording of Mr Garth’s winning call captures all of the emotion as it finally dawned on him that he had just won £1m.
He said: “I was pretty calm until the lady on the phone confirmed I’d won and I shouted out ‘yes’ really loudly and said ‘Oh my god, I love you’. I then explained that I hadn’t checked the ticket on Christmas Day but on Boxing Day which was my Birthday. It really was one of the best moments of my life.”
Since winning, Mr Garth has treated his friends to a holiday in Amsterdam and bought a new house which he is in the process of renovating, including creating his own home cinema entertainment room.
The sound and lighting technician is living proof that winning the lottery rates highly on the excitement scale, a fact borne out in a new National Lottery study.
According to the study into the nation’s excitement threshold, it’s possible our traditional British reserve could be a thing of the past with recent sporting events, Royal celebrations and personal triumphs all contributing to a new outpouring of emotions and public celebrations.
And listening to Mr Garth’s reaction to his win shows that not everyone has a stiff upper lip.
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