A lottery win spurs on globe trotting gran • 27.07.16
A great grandmother who loves globetrotting adventures has won £1 million and a holiday to Bali on the EuroMillions Mega Friday.
Diana De Gilio, originally from New Zealand, is a seasoned traveller and was in the UK to celebrate her 70th birthday with friends when she discovered she’d won the life-changing amount.
The big win came as the perfect pick-me-up after she was denied the chance of wing walking for her birthday when she didn’t have the right medical certificate.
“I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie - I base jumped 192 metres off Auckland’s Sky Tower for my 69th – and thought the wing walk was the perfect way to charge into my 70s, I didn’t think anything could beat it but let me tell you, winning a million pounds is certainly up there for getting the heart pumping.”
The grandmother of 7 was staying with her close friend Sandy Marsden when she bought the ticket and then discovered the win. The friends had met on a tour of China and are now set to go on the Mega Friday holiday to celebrate.
When speaking of the win Diana said: “My mother’s family is from the UK and I have plenty of family and friends here so I have a strong affection for the UK, I have to say, this win has made that affection even stronger! It’s been really great to celebrate this win with Sandy and the rest of my friends here in the UK, and to be able to take Sandy with me on this luxurious holiday to Bali is the icing on the cake.”
Diana and Sandy had been visiting Great Massingham when she went into the village shop to claim £10 she had won on a scratchcard. It was there that she saw a poster for the EuroMillions and asked the shop owner what it was about. As a self-proclaimed “born optimist” and having always wanted to revisit Bali after backpacking there she gave it a go.
It wasn’t until several days later in the local supermarket that they discovered the win when checking through the last of the 5 tickets she bought and she was told to call Camelot, as it must be a big win.
The rest as they say is history and now Diana is in the perfect position to pursue all of her adventures and is going to be taking Sandy along for the ride too!
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