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Time to get jealous as local man wins £1M on EuroMillions

A keen angler from Horley in Surrey has landed a £1M UK Millionaire Maker win from the special EuroMillions Event draw on Friday 1 March 2019, when The National Lottery created an incredible 40 millionaires in one night.

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Paul Trollope (61) had popped into his local supermarket for a few bits of shopping when he bought his Lucky Dip tickets for the EuroMillions draw that night. Hopping into his van, he threw the tickets onto the dashboard thinking no more about them.

Paul said:

“I had a busy weekend, doing errands, a spot of fishing and what not, jumping in and out of the van. When I think all that time there was a ticket for £1M floating about on the dash it makes me shudder!”

It was the following Monday when Paul discovered he was Surrey’s latest millionaire. Popping into the shop he asked the shop assistant to check his tickets and was congratulated on a £2.30 win, before she handed over a slip of paper saying ‘you’d better call Camelot’.

Paul said:

“To be honest I thought there was a problem with the ticket and didn’t think much of it. I jumped in the van and called Camelot. The chap on the phone ran through all the security and then said ‘Are you sitting down? Congratulations you’ve won £1M!’ It was the most surreal situation, I just sat in the van for 20 minutes shaking before deciding I’d head over to one of my favourite places, my mate’s angling shop in Horley to share the news.”

As the father of three arrived in the tackle shop, Paul Morroni asked if Paul was okay because he looked very distracted.

Turning to his friend, Paul said ‘I think I’ve just won £1M!’ Both Pauls then just laughed!

Paul wasted no time sharing the great news with family and friends who all displayed varying degrees of disbelief but were all naturally over the moon for him.

While many new millionaires might have given up work there and then, lorry driver Paul has no such plans.

He said:

“I’ve been driving for a living since I was just shy of 16 and can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve driven lorries for the British Army and all over the world so while I’m now doing domestic runs, I think I’d get itchy feet just sitting at home.”

So conscious of his itchy feet is Paul, who spent much of his childhood in Canada, that he has already treated himself to a 34-foot Winnebago so that he can head out on the open road on fishing trips in luxury.

Paul said:

“I love my fishing, whether relaxed coarse fishing or open matches. Just being outside in the elements, enjoying the peace and freedom is the best feeling. I already travel all over to try different fishing spots and I’ll continue to do that, just in a little more luxury with the Winnebago.

“I have a yearning to head back to Canada to fish in those great lakes but have a slight concern I’ll love it so much I won’t come home, then again, with £1M in the bank, maybe I won’t need to! I guess that’s the gift of a lottery win, suddenly what was once a dream becomes very much a reality.”

Paul bought his winning EuroMillions ticket at Tesco Express, on Brighton Road in Horley.

The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like Paul as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £30M for National Lottery-funded projects every week across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors

For more information on National Lottery funding please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

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Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!

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Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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