What would you do if you became a lottery millionaire this Christmas? Buy a new house, adopt a puppy, adorn your house with five Christmas trees?
That’s exactly what lottery winners Edd and Michelle Edwards from Sherborne have done over the festive period since scooping a share of the jackpot three years ago.
The lucky couple banked a £1,925,567 share of the Lotto Rollover jackpot in August 2008 after buying a ticket online.
First on their shopping list was a new home which they moved in to just before Christmas that year.
Michelle, 42, said: “Christmas has changed for us since winning the lottery, especially the first year.
"I went a bit mad buying loads of presents and we had all the family around to the house which we’d only just moved in to.
"We didn't have a big enough dining table or enough seats so we borrowed chairs and tables from the village hall. I spent a lot on everyone that year and loved it.
"I have calmed down a bit and have a set budget for family presents but it's still more than we could have afforded before the win.
“We’ve now got a dining room table which seats 12 – which is just as well because it’s my turn to cook Christmas lunch again!
“I love having the entire family round and no doubt we’ll end up on the karaoke machine and playing pass the parcel by the evening.”
After winning the lottery, Edd went part time in his role as a computer engineer for the probation service, while Michelle was able to give up her job as a store manager allowing her to take up charity work.
Michelle said: “I am heavily involved with Canine Partners which trains dogs to assist people with disabilities.
"I recently organised a Christmas charity quiz night which raised £266 and I’m hoping to make it an annual event."
Michelle and Edd also take in puppies to train up for the charity, a massive commitment involving training the dog for 24 hours a day for 12 months.
Michelle said: “We took in a golden retriever puppy, Xagan, last year when he was eight weeks old and spent the year teaching him to pick things up, open doors, retrieve things and even empty the washing machine.
"We gave him back last month and he’s currently completing his assessment, after which he’ll go on to the advanced training program. On November 14, we took on a new puppy, eight-week-old Holly.
“As she needs constant company, it’s not advisable for us to take her Christmas shopping so I was very organised this year and bought all my presents at the end of October, beginning of November.
“In the past we’ve had five Christmas trees in the house with beautiful decorations, but with the puppy we’ve had to settle for two this year!”
Among other splurges since their win, Edd and Michelle bought a luxury two bedroom, three storey yacht which is moored in Weymouth Harbour.
This Friday’s EuroMillions draw is guaranteeing to make 25 people in the UK millionaires overnight, after already making 18 millionaires on November 25.
Combined with the single millionaire it makes every Tuesday and Friday draw, the Lottery will have made 50 millionaires in total in what they are terming Millionaires Month.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “This has been a month of creating overnight millionaires non-stop which means 50 new millionaires will see out 2011 in style!
"EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle has already contributed more than 166 millionaires to the total of more than 2,700 created by The National Lottery to date – now a further 50 millionaires are guaranteed to join that exclusive club before Christmas."