A bank worker had a lotto beginner’s luck when she won £1million the first time she played an online game – while killing time on a “boring” caravan holiday.
Jodie Scullion, 22, was sitting in her caravan on a wet campsite in Somerset when she decided to play an Instant Win Game on her mobile phone.
She paid £5 to play the ‘£1M Run for Your Money’ game on October 28 and scooped the jackpot.
Jodie, a mortgage underwriter, picked up her mega-cheque from
Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
She said: “I’ve recently bought a caravan at Brean Sands.
“The rest of my family have caravans at the same site and we were down there for the last break of the year before it closed for the winter.
“It wasn’t great weather and I was a bit bored, sitting alone in my caravan so decided to put £10 on to my National Lottery account to play one of the games.
“I just scrolled through all the different games and saw the £1M Run For Your Money prize and thought I’d have a go.”
After playing the game and winning, Jodie dashed to her parents’ caravan next door to share the news of her huge win.
She said: “Dad checked it, checked it again and after the third check told me to stay calm.
“I then phoned the National Lottery to check if I had won. By this time two of my sisters had appeared to see what was going on.
“Dad told everyone to keep calm as I was on the phone because he knew that the whole family would start screaming and crying all at the same time if I actually had won
£1million – and we did.
“We then just all sat there crying then laughing, then crying again and just talked for hours about what I could do with the money.”
Jodie, who lives with her parents and four sisters in Northfield, Birmingham, says she’s going to buy her own house and pay off the rest of her caravan before whisking her family away on a luxury holiday.
She said: “I can’t believe I won the first time I played this game.
“It’s unbelievable, it will set me up for life. I can help my parents who have always looked after me and treat myself.
“As someone who works with mortgages it’s unreal that I’m going to buy my own house without a loan. For someone my age, that is incredible.”
Jodie is the latest lucky Brummie to become an overnight millionaire after Birmingham was named the luckiest city in the UK.
Of the 5,500 millionaires made since it launched in 1994, 168 are from the Birmingham area.
That is streets ahead of the 133 from second-luckiest Belfast and 125 in third-placed Glasgow.
Recalling her mega-win, Jodie said: “I was sat in the caravan and I was bored so I was playing the app on my phone.
“It was the first time I’d played the game. It took a couple of minutes.
“When I won I didn’t think it was real.
“You have to match three dice in the first part and then you go into the bonus round where you have 11 rolls.
“I had to check it and then told my dad.
“We didn’t go out to celebrate. We just sat in the caravan talking about what to do with it.
“I don’t have any superstitions. I don’t know why I was lucky. It’s all to do with chance.
“I played again afterwards but didn’t win.
“It was changed my life completely. I won’t have to worry about anything. I won’t have any debt.
“I’ve been looking at houses but haven’t decided yet.
“It still doesn’t feel real.
“I’m going to help my sisters and parents pay for things.
“But they’re not expecting better Christmas presents.
“I don’t have a dream holiday destination but I’d like somewhere hot.
“When I told people at work the following week they couldn’t believe it.
“They’re so happy for me.
“I don’t think it’ll make it harder to get a raise at work because we get annual raises.
“It hasn’t really changed me. I’m still going to work and living a normal life.
“I don’t worry about people treating me differently.”