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EuroMillions Black Friday guarantees new UK millionaires

The National Lottery celebrated its 20th anniversary in grand style on 19th Nov with a glamorous get-together in Covent Garden. The showcase event brought together 20 lucky millionaires - one from each year of the UK Lottery's #LifeChanging existence, who were of all ages over the legal 18 and who came from all walks of life - testimony, yet again, that that there really is no formula for fortune (though playing Euromillions regularly might just tip the balance in your favour!). And, evidence that money certainly can buy a lot of happiness - starting from the kind you get with impromptu partying at the local pub, to the staple bucket list of new house + new car + new wardrobe (with or without new implants), to rationally investing the windfall and ensuring the good life continues (ask Peter Lavery who invested in 33 properties across Northern Ireland plus a whisky venture), to good old-fashioned philanthropy and community welfare (like Thea Bristow, who won £15 mn and invested substantially in a struggling local football club).

This year's lucky lad, Matt Myles, was all of 27, worried about the economy like most of the youth, and working tough shifts as an electrical engineer in a Cargill factory when he won £1 mn with the Euromillions Millionaire raffle in April 2014. Matt went about it with excellent efficiency, in his own words, “I won on Tuesday, found out Wednesday, my win was validated on Thursday and on Friday morning I was on a flight to Bali.” The next 8 months have been one long party for Matt, a happy pub-crawl of sorts spanning 4 continents. In fact, plans for the fifth one are firmly in place and in time for New Year's Eve fireworks from Sydney Harbour Bridge. Matt also intends to volunteer for 3 months with UNICEF in Africa after he's tied up his investment plans and the dust has settled to some extent, so that's 6 at last count!

And let it never be said that the young don't know how to spend a million quid. Those of you quick to dismiss his flamboyance, read on. The lad's actually earmarked £100,000 to deservedly sow his wild oats, as youth and a still-single status dictate. This he has done with great aplomb and with his mates and brother, trailblazing the best party circuits the world has to offer - Bali, USA, Ibiza, Thailand et al, a trip to Vegas is also pretty much on the cards. He's spent £72,000 on his globe-trotting so far, which has also included flying out his younger brother and best friend to Brazil for the World Cup, and a family trip to Italy later on. Matt is very active on social media, is a minor and rather personable celebrity himself with 3800 followers on Twitter, and tweets very regularly with updates on celebrations and friend-and-family-launched business ventures alike. He has also bought a Porsche, yes, and will use up some of the jackpot-money for renovations to his 3-bedroom house in Hereford, but for the most part, he plans to bank £800,000 to “live off the interest” for the rest of his life and dabble in property development for security. Well, here's raising a toast to the ambitious young millionaire who's clearly going for the best of all worlds!

If the Matt Myles story inspires you, there's good news for you. There's a big Euromillions Mega Friday draw coming up on 28th November which will create 10 guaranteed UK millionaires through its Millionaire Maker raffle, each of whom also get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Peru, Brazil or Australia. Well, fingers crossed!

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