A pregnant mum who found out she had won £1million on the lottery went into labour – the next day.
Natalie Metcalf, 37, matched six numbers on February 1 and discovered she’d won on February 2.
She went into labour on February 3 and new arrival Poppy was born early hours of February 5.
Baby Poppy became Britain’s richest newborn when Natalie and Andrew Symes, 40, struck gold on the EuroMillions.
The couple, from Thornbury, South Glos., plan to buy a new house and have a dream wedding with the cash.
Andrew, who works in payroll for a pensions firm, said: “As soon as Natalie went into labour, all thoughts of our win went completely out of our minds.
“We were totally focused on making sure Natalie and the baby were OK and it wasn’t until the baby was born and we were home that we had a moment to think, ‘Wow! Has that really happened?’ and start making plans.”
The couple were at home with their two-year-old son on Saturday, February 2 when they decided to check their EuroMillions ticket from the previous day’s draw.
Natalie had just sold the family pushchair to upgrade to a double buggy – and Andrew was sitting at the computer.
Natalie grabbed the cash from selling the pushchair and started dancing around the living room.
She said: “It’s so funny to think of now, but the couple who’d bought our pushchair had paid in cash and I was dancing around the living room singing, ‘We’re rich, we’re rich!’.
“Andy turned to me and said, very seriously, ‘Yes, yes, you are!’ and made me check the ticket. We just couldn’t believe it.
“We downloaded the National Lottery app, scanned the ticket to double-check and that said we’d won too.“We just didn’t know what to do though, so Andy ended up going to Tesco where he’d bought the ticket.”
Poppy was born at 12.02am on Tuesday, February 5.
The couple do not own their current home but had been viewing properties after the win when Natalie experienced labour pains.
She added: “We’d always joked that the only way we could ever afford to buy our own home was if we won the lottery.
“We didn’t know that that would prove to be true!
“As well as the house, we’re also going to start planning our wedding.
“We’ve been engaged for over two years but now we can afford to have the wedding of our dreams without feeling guilty about the costs.
“This win really will help us make all our dreams come true.”
Andrew said: “This win couldn’t have come at a better time. We have our beautiful children and now we can get married and buy a perfect house to raise them in.
“As well as feeling so happy about the safe arrival of our baby girl, we just feel so relaxed. We’ll be able to buy a home and not even have to worry about a mortgage. To not have to think about that additional cost every month is almost a second windfall in itself.”
Andrew bought his winning ticket at Tesco in Thornbury, Glos.