Joe and Jess Thwaite, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, have bought a gray Volvo V60 worth £38,000 despite winning £184m in a EuroMillions draw, making them the UK’s biggest lottery winners
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A couple who won £184million from EuroMillions have spent big – on a used Volvo station wagon.
Joe, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 44, became Britain’s biggest lottery winners of all time last month and their first big purchase was a £38,000 gray V60.
Photos show the couple motoring to their front gate to meet with builders.
Joe previously said he’s “not a great car person” and that his dream engine is a Skoda Superb Estate “because of the amount of stuff you can get in the boot”.
He drove a Hyundai but said, “I’m going to get something that will get the job done and be a big upgrade for my old little car that’s covered in dents.”
Plans to refurbish her Grade II listed home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire appear to be afoot – they were started before they collected the cash prize from a lucky dip ticket.
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The couple recently moved into the £650,000 property with their two children, both of whom are in primary school.
They said they were “not sure anyone is really prepared for a win like this”.
Despite their newfound wealth, the neighbors aren’t surprised that the Thwaites refuse to splash the cash recklessly.
One told The sun: “They are mega lottery winners, but first and foremost down-to-earth people who have worked hard all their lives.
“The car is smart, respectable and sensible – just like Joe and Jess.
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“You might expect them to buy a Ferrari or a Bugatti. The fact that they didn’t spend it all on sports cars or alcohol shows what great people they are.”
The couple previously explained that they didn’t want to hide their win from loved ones, so they decided to go public.
Jess said: “I don’t want to lie to family and friends, I want to enjoy it with them.
“Maybe I naively thought we could tell a few people and it would be okay. But the list gets longer and soon you realize that asking her to keep it quiet would be a burden. Telling people makes it easier.”
Jess said the inspiration behind her win was her late father, who used to play before he died.
She first told her sister she had a “secret”, the answer was “Are you pregnant?”
“It’s better than being pregnant,” joked Jess.
Joe said: “I looked it up and saw we won. I’ve seen a lot and I didn’t know what to do.
“I couldn’t go back to sleep, I didn’t want to wake Jess up so I just lay there for what seemed like forever. I spent some time looking for properties with no budget constraint, which was a novelty!”
Eventually the alarm went off and as Jess struggled to turn it off, Joe told her, “I have a secret, I have something to tell you.”
Jess’ initial reaction when presented with the news was one of disbelief because she thought Joe was wrong, the National Lottery app was fake, or it was a joke.
The couple bought their EuroMillions ticket on the National Lottery app and received an email the next morning saying they had good news about their ticket.
In the UK, winners have the right to remain anonymous – six out of ten choose to do so.
That includes the second-biggest winner after the Thwaites, who won £170million in 2019.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-record-184million-euromillions-winners-27185000 Britain's record £184m EuroMillions winner buys £38,000 used Volvo car