Celtic Manor provided the glamorous backdrop as South Wales' latest lottery millionaire was unveiled to the media at a champagne photo call.
Young mum Katie Smythe is the lucky winner after scooping a life-changing £1 million on The National Lottery’s Merry Millionaire Scratchcard.
Katie, 24, who lives with partner Nicky Butler, 26, and their three children, aged five, four and one in a rented terraced house in Hengoed, near Caerphilly, hit the Merry Millionaire Scratchcard jackpot in a local corner shop.
But if it hadn’t been for her best friend, who was with her when she bought the Scratchcard, Katie would have unwittingly thrown away her fortune. Katie said:
I was just about the throw it away when my friend screamed ‘look what you’ve won’ and I just stared at it in disbelief. I rang Nicky from the shop, but he didn’t believe me. He wouldn’t even believe it when the shop assistant assured him I’d won. He only believed me when I got back to the house and showed him the card. We have literally gone from having absolutely nothing to being able to buy whatever we want. It feels a little bit scary – but so very good all at the same time.
The couple plan to move out of their rented three-bedroom terraced house and buy a home of their own, buy a couple of cars once they have both passed their driving tests, take their extended family on holiday to Disney Land – and get married. Indeed, they will be returning to Celtic Manor to look at the various wedding venues offered at the five-star resort. Katie added:
Nicky proposed to me a while ago, but we just haven’t been able to afford a wedding. Now, we’ll be able to have a wedding I could only ever have dreamed of. And what a Christmas we’ll all have. We’re a large and very close-knit family and we love our own company. We celebrated the win with two family parties and I can only think that Christmas this year will be such a special one for all of us now.