Sheffield cleaner mops up with £1m Euromillions win

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com''COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>''1st April 2015'Andrew Perkins (25) of Sheffield cerebrates at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after winning �1,150,000 in the EuroMillions Mega draw on Friday (27-03-2015)'Pictured with girlfriend Christina Maher.
Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com''COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>''1st April 2015'Andrew Perkins (25) of Sheffield cerebrates at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after winning �1,150,000 in the EuroMillions Mega draw on Friday (27-03-2015)'Pictured with girlfriend Christina Maher.
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A Sheffield hospital cleaner has mopped up over £1million in the Euromillions.

Andrew Perkins, aged 25, still lives with his parents and has now vowed to buy a new home for them.

The lifelong Owls fan had bought a ticket for the Mega Friday draw last week at WH Smith in Meadowhall.

He only realised he was a millionaire after checking his ticket on Saturday morning.

He said: ““I woke up and made myself a coffee. I realised I’d not checked my Euromillions ticket so logged on to my computer.

“I first checked my numbers and then my raffle code, I couldn’t believe my eyes when it was a perfect match!”

After triple checking his numbers, Andrew asked his fiancé, Christina Maher, aged 32, to make sure his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him.

“I asked Christina to check for me,” he said.

“She entered the code in to the online checker and a congratulations message popped up on the screen. We both were speechless.”

Andrew’s total winnings are a life-changing £1,150,000.

Only child Andrew then called his parents - who were out shopping - to tell them the good news.

“My mum answered the phone and I said, ‘I’ve won one million pounds.’

“My mum responded, ‘I don’t believe you,’ and I said, ‘I swear I’ve won one million pounds on Euromillions.’

“They rushed straight back to the house but it was only after I’d called The National Lottery that my parents started to believe me.”

As well as a new home for himself and his parents, keen photographer Andrew is also planning to buy accessories for his Nikon camera.

He also aims to book a trip to Canada, which will be his first foreign holiday, and secure a Sheffield Wednesday season ticket.

He said: “The win has given me peace of mind. I feel now that I don’t really have to worry about money.”

The National Lottery funds a number of projects in Sheffield. Past grants have been awarded to the Sheffield General Cemetery Conservation and Continuity Project and the Cholera Monument.