Sheffield National Lottery winners reveal the first thing they bought with their millions

As the National Lottery celebrates its 25th year, we look at how the Sheffield winners spent their millions.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 9:48 am
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 3:32 pm
Picture supplied by the National Lottery - Deana Sampson, Ray Wragg and Trish Emson
Picture supplied by the National Lottery - Deana Sampson, Ray Wragg and Trish Emson

The first ever National Lottery draw was held on November 19 1994 and, since then, two people from Sheffield have won the jackpot.

Deana Sampson had just £3.60 in her bank account when she won £5,439,681 on October 5 1996.

The 58-year-old, who was working as a hairdresser and living in a council house at the time, said while her first purchase was a pair of trainers, she later went on to buy a £800,000 yacht.

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Ray Wragg, 81, from Sheffield, quit his job the morning after he won £7,649,520 on January 22 2000.

On breaking the news to his boss, Mr Wragg said: "When I told him I'd had a win, he said: 'That reminds me, I need to check my ticket.' I said 'don't bother Dave - I won the lot'."

Mr Wragg, whose wife Barbara died last year, said they had never left the country before the win and had been on holiday to Torquay in Devon for 31 consecutive years.

The couple went on a cruise after winning the lottery, which Mr Wragg said they "loved".

Ray and his wife Barbara gave away more than £6m of their winnings, particularly to Sheffield hospitals.

In 2009, Mrs Wragg said she and her husband ‘got pleasure from giving money’, adding their winnings were ‘too much for two people’.

Barbara died in May 2018 from sepsis following complications from surgery.