Record EuroMillions winner didn’t wake wife after discovering £184m jackpot win

The husband of the couple who won the UK record EuroMillions pot of £184m says he didn't want to wake his wife up after discovering their jackpot joy, and waited for the alarm to do it.

Joe Thwaite, from Gloucestershire, says he had got up as usual to tend to their dogs around 5.15am before he looked at his phone.

It was then he saw the message from the National Lottery which would change the Thwaite's lives forever: "Good news, you've won a prize."

“I looked it up and saw we’d won." he said

"I saw how much and I didn’t know what to do."

He added: "I couldn’t go back to sleep, I didn’t want to wake Jess up so I just laid there for what seemed like forever.

"I spent some time searching for property with no budget limit, which was a novelty!”

Eventually the alarm rang and as Jess struggled to turn it off Joe told her.

“I’ve got a secret, I’ve got something to tell you,” he said.

Jess’ initial reaction when presented with the news was disbelief, thinking Joe had it wrong, the National Lottery app was wrong or that it was a joke.

Eventually she concluded that it wasn’t worth getting too excited about as it probably wasn’t true and got up to make a coffee and start their normal morning routine.

However, after finally coming to terms with their life-changing jackpot win, they've decided to tell the world about their money plans.

Jess, 44, who runs a hair salon alongside her sister, said: “The win gives us time to dream which we haven’t had before. We’ve had one week to think about this and we now have time to share lots of experiences and go on adventures with our family and friends.

Joe, 49, who is a Communications Sale Engineer, commented: “I have been working hard and then doing DIY on the house and you realise that you are missing out on family time."

He added: "We don’t have money for family days out or holidays and we want to use our good fortune to spend more time together making memories and going on adventures.”

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