Royal Navy veteran, 85, and wife of 61 years scoop £1m on the Lottery

Royal Navy veteran, 85, and his wife of 61 years scoop £1million on the National Lottery as they celebrate ‘no more rainy days’

  • Ron and Joan Brumhill from Waterlooville scooped prize just before Christmas
  • Mr Brumhill would always buy weekly draw ticket and wife would check online
  • Mrs Brumhill was under weather and sobbed tears of joy when win emerged 
  • Couple have always had to be careful  – and will spoil children and grandchild 

An 85-year-old Royal Navy veteran has won £1million on the National Lottery with his wife of 61 years who only checked their ticket to cheer herself up while battling a rotten cough and cold. 

Ron and Joan Brumhill from Waterlooville in Hampshire scooped the life-changing prize after matching five main numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Saturday December 21 last year.

On the day they found out, Mrs Brumhill had been drinking a cup of tea and feeling under the weather when she decided to check their ticket.

She then burst into tears of joy when she realised it was a big win because it finally means ‘no more rainy days’ for the couple, who say they have always had to be careful with money.

Mr and Mrs Brumhill said today they may buy new car – but will certainly spoil their three children and three grandchildren.

Royal Navy veteran Ron Brumhill, 85, and his wife of 61 years Joan who cried tears of joy because after so many years of getting by ‘no more rainy days’ for the couple and their family

For Mrs Brumhill and her husband, the key to the lottery  each week has always been teamwork and is carried out with typical naval efficiency.

Mr Brumhill, 85, who was a Royal Navy officer for 41 years, would always buy the lottery tickets while Mrs Brumhill, 81, was in charge of checking. 

Mrs Brumhill said: ‘I had a bit of a cough so had stayed at home while Ron popped out to deliver a Christmas card to a neighbour. Sitting down for a cup of tea, and feeling pretty lousy, I decided to check our lottery ticket on my phone.

‘Usually it’s nothing, sometimes a little something, so when I saw we’d matched five numbers and a bonus ball, and we’d won £1million, I couldn’t believe it and just burst into tears of joy.’

With her husband known for his ‘just popping out’ turning into rather lengthy visits, she had to be patient and wait at home for Mr Brumhill to return, with the ticket clutched firmly in her hand, so he could confirm they really had just become millionaires.

Mr Brumhill said: ‘I walked into the house and Joan was hurrying me in saying “hurry up, quickly we’ve won something big on the lottery”.

‘Not for a second when your wife says that do you dream it would be £1 million. But when I checked it online, I saw that Joan was right and we were officially millionaires.’

Ron gives a thumbs up as their win was revealed today. Mr Brumhill always buys the ticket for the Saturday draw – Joan always checks it and got quite a shock when their big win emerged

Two of their children arrived soon after so it was not long before they were able to share their amazing news.

With their win confirmed and the money in the bank, the pair are making a few plans for the future.

Mrs Brumhill said: ‘We were brought up to save for anything we wanted, whether a new car or simply a rainy day. This win will mean there’s no need for any rainy days but we will still be very careful.

‘Top of our list is helping out our family and that is just the most amazing feeling. They are a wonderful, fun-filled bunch who have already given us so much joy and will continue to do so.’

The winning ticket was purchased from McColl’s, Hambledon Parade, in Waterlooville.

The Lotto winning numbers were 12, 27, 33, 36, 42, 45 and the bonus ball was 26.

Across the last 25 years, the National Lottery has raised £40 billion for good causes, with 565,000 grants made across arts, sport, heritage and community.

This equates to 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district. Players have banked £73 billion in prizes and 5,500 millionaires have been made.


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