Wife pranks husband saying she won lottery – then scoops £1m 3 weeks later

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    A woman who tricked her husband into thinking they had won the lottery ended up becoming a millionaire for real just three weeks later after she won big in a EuroMillions draw.

    Charlotte Peart, a former admin worker, initially dismissed a National Lottery email as she thought it was just to say she had won £3 but it turned out to be a whopping £1million windfall.

    In an audio clip of Charlotte ringing the lotto call centre, she can be heard laughing and saying: "I think I'm going to cry." She has now revealed how she used her winnings to start a business, buy a family home and spend more time with her hubby Daniel and their three kids.

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    Charlotte scooped £1m in a 2018 EuroMillions draw, not long after she pranked Daniel by making him believe they had bagged a £250,000 jackpot.

    So when she rang him to say they had matched five numbers, he needed proof in the form of a screengrab. In a clip, she says: "I found out this morning. You get emails come through and you've won three quid so I left it.

    "I thought I would just go on there and check it. I didn't expect to see six zeros at the end. You don't see that often. I can't believe it, I think I'm in shock."

    After confirming the win, the operator says: "Congratulations, have a good day." To which Charlotte replies: "I'm having a brilliant day, cheers!"

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    Five years later, the mum-of-three recalled in a chat with the Mirror: "I vividly remember it, I could not stop giggling. It was nerves coupled with shocked disbelief. Two weeks earlier I had wound Daniel up that we'd won £250,000 so to call to officially claim £1m was just crazy."

    Charlotte, 33, used the last £1.50 in their online lotto account to enter the draw and they ended up buying their dream family home.

    Daniel, 32, still works as a carpenter while Charlotte has started her own small business.

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    They now have two labradors, one of which is named Millie, short for millionaire. She said: "Without our win it just wouldn't have been possible."

    Since its launch in 1994, The National Lottery has created 7,000 millionaires.

    Many winners are left speechless, while a poll found that 13% burst into tears, 5% danced and another 13% ran around the room. In 2022 alone, 375 people became millionaires. Anita Pires, who works at the call centre, said: "Reactions differ enormously, I've heard it all."

    * This article was crafted with the help of an AI tool, which speeds up Daily Star's editorial research. An editor reviewed this content before it was published. You can report any errors to [email protected]

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