Couple’s unusual £17 purchase made immediately after £3.6m Euromillions win

A Cumbrian couple who scooped more than £3.6 million on the EuroMillions has revealed that their first purchase was a £17 back-scratcher.

Lee Kuchczynski’s wife, Helen won big on the EuroMillions and he revealed he was in Yorkshire driving his HGV when she rang to tell him they had become millionaires. It was on Tuesday July 12 that the 58-year-old from Kendal matched five numbers and a Lucky Star.

Speaking about his first purchase, Lee said: “I bought a new back scratcher because I snapped my other one at work so I bought an expensive one worth £17 instead of £8!

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“The rest of the time we’ve just been sat there in a daze really.”

Helen said she was at home with her 21-year-old daughter when she received an email at 7.30am telling her that she had won. The couple bought weekly lucky dip tickets online. Initially she thought the message might have been a scam because she could only see a balance of 40p.

The financial administrator said she was enjoying a morning coffee before work when the full email came through. Not prepared to believe it was right, and that the family’s luck had changed quite so significantly, Helen took the phone through to show her daughter who was getting ready for her second day at a new job.

After initially believing either the decimal point was in the wrong place or it was a scam, Helen was delighted to find out she’d won the jackpot. Lee said: “[Helen] goes ‘are you sat down?’

“Well, obviously, I’m driving. I was right on a break anyway so I pulled into a layby and she says ‘we’ve won the lottery’.

“My first thing was ‘can I come home?’, so I rang my boss up and he was good enough to change my work round and get me a load back home and I’ve been home since.”

After telling her husband the news, Helen, a financial administrator for a charity, logged onto her laptop and started work. Helen added : “I needed to do the girls’ wages and I had to do that otherwise I would have had 19 girls trying to get me quickly, so I just had to blank out what was going on and get on with it.”

They've also bought a house
They’ve also bought a house

On Thursday, Helen and Lee celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary by buying a new house and an Audi RS4 Avant car. They said they never believed they would become homeowners, after renting all their lives, and cannot wait to move into the detached house near their current home with their daughter.

Lee, who served in the Army until 1995, said he will now be able to have a hernia operation, having never been able to afford to take the time off work for it before.

He said: “Hopefully as people we won’t change, but we can just look after ourselves and look after the people we love.” Helen said she was planning a shopping spree but would still be on the hunt for bargains.

Her husband said: “I might drag her out of Matalan and we’ll go to Marks and Spencer!” News of the Kuchczynskis’ win comes after a UK ticket-holder this week claimed a record EuroMillions jackpot of £195 million. Lee said: “It is completely overwhelming. I feel sorry for the poor person who has just won £195 million because it’s blown my mind just £3.6 million!”

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