£76 Million Jackpot Winner Leaves Job After Three Months
Last Updated: Monday 8th April 2019, 16:21
A Lincolnshire woman has resigned from her position at a local hospital, three months after winning a £76 million EuroMillions jackpot. Trish Fairhurst was working in a Boston NHS kitchen when her partner, former F1 engineer Andrew Clark, won the 12th-biggest jackpot in UK history in November.
The 52-year-old opted to stay because she “liked to be busy”, and didn’t want to let colleagues down. This week, she decided it was time to hang up the scrubs, several months after landing the multi-million pound prize: “I’ve handed my notice in, that’s all. I’ve decided to leave of my own accord.”
Fairhurst has been similarly humble in another way with regard to her multi-million-pound windfall. When choosing a new car, she opted for a sensible SUV worth £20,000, while her partner, meanwhile, has spent up to £700,000 on six supercars – and reportedly become the bane of his neighbours in the process. According to local sources, Clark lives 20 miles from the nearest motorway, and has taken to using the closest road with a 50mph speed limit - John Adams Way - as a racetrack for his new purchases.
Largest Unclaimed Lottery Ticket
Their jackpot win has been in the news for more than one reason – there were fears that the £76 million ticket would be the largest unclaimed lottery ticket in UK history, after six weeks went by with no sign of the winner coming forward.
Clark had left his winning ticket in the visor of his work van, alongside other lottery tickets from the previous weeks. Despite numerous reminders from his partner’s niece to check his numbers, Clark kept putting it off. It was a running joke amongst Clark’s family that he might have millions of pounds on his dashboard without knowing.
£11.3 Million Won By Sole Ticket Last Saturday
In other news, last Saturday’s Lotto draw saw one ticket alone scoop the full £11.3 million jackpot; no one has yet come forward to claim ownership. The National Lottery’s senior winners’ adviser Andy Carter urged Lotto players to check their tickets.
The Lotto prize was a “Must Be Won” jackpot; Lotto can only roll over five times, meaning the prize fund must be won on the 5th draw. If no one matches all six main numbers in that draw, the jackpot is shared proportionally amongst all cash winners.
The numbers for the draw on Saturday 6th April were 5, 8, 22, 33, 36 and 43 with a bonus ball of 21. For more information on Lotto and how to play, take a look at one of the information pages.