A BROTHER and sister are celebrating after scooping £1million in the EuroMillions millionaire raffle.
And in case that wasn’t enough, they added an extra £4.90 to their winnings in the main draw!
The SAFC-mad pair celebrated their win at the Stadium of Light, and were also presented with a commemorative home strip, which will be signed by the entire squad.
John Summerville, 52, from Thorney Close, buys a ticket every week with his big sister Margaret Caffry, 67, who lives in High Barnes.
He now plans to move into the same street as his sister, a dinnerlady at Thornhill School, as he suffers from type 2 diabetes and needs her help most days.
John, a former forklift truck driver who is now unemployed, said the win will ease his financial worries, and revealed he had only 70p to his name a week before the win.
“We didn’t know if we’d won, but I get them to check in the shop. They always say ‘no, there’s nothing on that’ but this time he said he couldn’t pay me out.
“He said, ‘do you want us to find out how much you’ve won’ and then he says, ‘you’re a millionaire’, and I went ‘you’re joking’, and he says, ‘no, and you’ve also won £4.90’.
“We’ll have a nice coffee with the £4.90, but the first thing I thought of was a proper house. That’s the only thing that’s come to mind at the moment.”
Margaret, who was widowed two years ago, and has two sons and a grandson, was equally stunned by the news, but has no plans to splash her cash.
“My sons and grandson want cars and everything, but that’s only natural when you’ve never had that kind of money before, but why should I get a new car? I’ve got one there,” she said
“The house has to be done up then I’ll sort things after that.
“You say you’ll do this, that or the other if we ever win, but when it comes up, it just goes absolutely numb. It’s unbelievable.
“I hope it doesn’t change me. I want to stay the same. I love working at the school, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the kids.
“People might think it’s greedy when I’ve got this money now, but I want to keep working.
“It’s very not real, you feel numb but it’s lovely to know you have your own money there for when you need it.”
Margaret came decked in the red and white of her beloved Sunderland, while John said he is considering whether to treat himself to a season ticket for next year.
“I haven’t got one at the moment but there’s no plans yet, we’ll see but every time I watch them, they lose,” he said.
Asked about the decision to go public with their win, John said: “I’m on the dole, suddenly I buy a house, it’s going to come out isn’t it?”
“We might get some begging letters, but that’s fine, we’ve been poor, really poor. Last week, he only had 70p,” added Margaret.