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'I was feeling lucky': Mother told daughter to buy winning Euromillions ticket after cancer operation

The Davies family scooped over £61 million in Friday’s Euromillions draw.

EuroMillions jackpot winners celebrate Members of the Davies family (from the left) Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie Davies, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell, who scooped a £61.1 million EuroMillions jackpot, celebrate their win at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, south-east Wales. Source: Ben Birchall

THE MOTHER OF the family who won the Euromillions jackpot rang her daughter from the US to tell her to buy a lottery ticket.

Sonia Davies had just undergone lifesaving cancer surgery in the US and said she was feeling lucky.

Speaking at a press conference, her daughter Stephanie Davies said her mother called her just 30 minutes before the draw closed and told her to go and buy a ticket.

EuroMillions jackpot winners celebrate Stephanie Davies and her partner Stephen speaking at the press conference today. Source: Ben Birchall

“I don’t usually buy a lottery ticket,” she said, adding she had to convince her partner Steve to drive her to a garage to get one.

Cancer surgery 

Sonia Davies and her partner had already booked a holiday to Florida when they discovered a leading treatment hospital was situated where they were holidaying.

She underwent surgery at the centre and was cured.

After the surgery, doctors told her the tumour on her parathyroid gland in her neck would have killed her within three years.

When asked by the media why they contacted home to get her daughter to rush out to buy a ticket, Sonia said hearing her doctors say she could have died made her feel like the “luckiest person in world” .

She said she felt she had “cheated death”.

When they heard it was a rollover draw, she thought “we are on such a roll” as it is, they might as well get a ticket.

The family matched all seven numbers in Friday’s draw.

In total, they scooped £61,102,443 (€72 million).

Source: Press Association/YouTube

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