Mark Francis, from Swansea, sat at home ‘coughing and sputtering’ after testing positive for Covid when he won the life-changing £1million lottery win
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A lucky grandfather has landed a £1million lottery jackpot just a day after testing positive for Covid-19.
Delivery driver Mark Francis, 49, was home “coughing and sputtering” from his sickbed when he received the email telling him he had won.
He immediately called the hotline and was stunned to learn that he was a EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker winner.
Mark, from Swansea, said: “The day before I was driving and I didn’t feel well.
“I went home to do a lateral flow test and it came back positive.
“The next day I was watching TV during the day and thought I might as well check my email to see if I had won anything.
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“I could only see one number matching the draw, so I was confused,” he added.
“I didn’t realize I had won the coin toss and there is only one winner.
“The woman on the phone paused for a long time and then said, ‘Yes, Mr. Francis, you are a millionaire.
“I don’t even remember what I answered. Everything is blurry.”
Mark, who works for Euro Car Parts, then called his partner Helen Taylor, 50, to tell her the news.
Caregiver Helen was about to help a woman into the shower when she told Mark it was not a good time to call.
She said: “I said to him, ‘Mark, I can’t take the call at the minute’ and he was like, ‘You have to take this. I am not joking’.
Mark spent his days in isolation looking for a new home online after only informing close family of the win.
The couple, who have four children and five grandchildren, spent the next few days ‘in denial’ as Mark focused on recovering from the virus.
He then received a notification that the money had gone to his account before checking his balance to see the string of zeros.
He said: “I saw it and thought, ‘Oh, this is real.’ We told immediate family right away, but we kept quiet other than that.
The couple plan to stick to their day jobs after working through the entire pandemic.
Mark said: “I want to keep working. I have a job that I really enjoy and I get along very well with my colleagues.
“We had already booked an all inclusive holiday to Rhodes so we kept that and are going in the summer.
“We plan to help the family with the money and buy a house with a nice garden. We want to stay in the area.
“We’ll probably be going on a big family vacation next year, maybe Mallorca.”
Mark also blasted out in an Audi Q5 and would also like to take a ‘one-time trip’ to see the British Lions in Australia 2025.
He added: “The rest of the money will be a good nest egg for our retirement.
“It takes the pressure off now and we don’t need to work overtime.”