Exclusive: Hereford Cargill worker Matt Myles scoops £1million on Euromillions raffle

Matt Myles is celebrating his lottery win.

Matt Myles, ready to fly to Indonesia.

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A FORMER Cargill worker has booked himself a one-way ticket around the world – after scooping £1million on the Euromillions raffle.

Matt Myles says he rarely plays the national lottery or Euromillions and picked up his ticket on the “off-chance” from Hereford’s Morrisons store on Tuesday evening.

The 27-year-old could not have known how his life would be changed forever just hours later.

Now he’s on his way to Indonesia – the first stop in a year-long globe-trotting adventure around the world, after leaving his job behind him.

Speaking exclusively to the Hereford Times, Matt recalled the moment he discovered he had the winning raffle number.

“It was at 2am and I was working nights and had to stay up to get in ‘night mode’. I realised I hadn’t checked to see whether I had any numbers but didn’t think I’d win. I realised I hadn’t won the main game but didn’t think about checking the raffle. But then I saw the first few digits and realised what had happened,” he said.

Matt said the first person he called was a friend that he knew would be awake and – after they verified it for him – couldn’t help “screaming” down the phone.

“Then we had a family breakfast. I’m a little bit stupid with money so I had to be grounded quite quickly and my dad is the right person to do that,” he said.

Matt’s celebrations took him to Bristol where, less than 72 hours after discovering the news, he was recognised by someone while out in the city.

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Deciding to use the money as an opportunity to experience the world around him, Matt resigned from his job as an engineer at Cargill.

His 26-year-old brother Pete, who worked at a brain injury unit in Leominster, did the same and the pair then booked themselves a one-way ticket to Indonesia, with Bali first on the list of places to visit.

The brothers will then call in at Thailand for Ko Phangan’s renowned full moon parties, followed by Australia, Brazil – to watch the world cup – and then America.

“I’ve sorted out my parents and my brother and I’m planning on banking around £800,000 and living off the interest,” Matt said.

“I just can’t get over it – it’s absolutely life changing.”

 

 

Fact file:

• Former Aylestone student Matt Myles scooped £1million on this week’s Euromillions raffle.

• The 27-year-old resigned from his engineering job at Cargill and booked a one-way ticket to Indonesia.

• He plans to spend a year abroad, travelling the world with his 26-year-old brother Pete.

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• From Indonesia he will fly to Thailand for Ko Pha-ngan’s renowned full moon parties.

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• Next stop is Australia.

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• Then to Brazil for June’s world cup. Matt says he wants to be at the final.

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• America is next on the list for one of Hereford’s youngest millionaires.

 

What else you could do with £1million:

• Buy 833,333 copies of the Hereford Times at £1.20 each.

• Buy 6,250 bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal vintage champagne at £159.98 each.

• Travel into space with Virgin Galactic. It’ll only cost around £149,000 ($250,000). Why not take the whole family?

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• A Ferrari hypercar which goes from 0-62mph in less than three seconds for £1million. The manufacturer’s fastest vehicle ever produced.

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What would you do with £1million? Take part in our poll and make sure you leave your thoughts and comments below!

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3:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Gillian1961 says...

JUST WONDERED WHAT YOU WERE DOING WITH YOUR OLD CAR NOW THAT YOUR A MILLIONAIRE YOU PROBABLY GO FOR SOME THING SMART IF YOU ARE GIVING IT AWAY I AM AFTER ONE IF NOT GOOD LUCK SPEND CAREFULLY BUT ENJOY
JUST WONDERED WHAT YOU WERE DOING WITH YOUR OLD CAR NOW THAT YOUR A MILLIONAIRE YOU PROBABLY GO FOR SOME THING SMART IF YOU ARE GIVING IT AWAY I AM AFTER ONE IF NOT GOOD LUCK SPEND CAREFULLY BUT ENJOY Gillian1961
  • Score: -10

4:03pm Fri 11 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

Blimey.
I'd definitely buy a hard copy of the Hereford Times if I was that wealthy.
No more reading it online and posting inane comments.
I could scribble all over it in Red Ink and post it back to them with my corrections.
Blimey. I'd definitely buy a hard copy of the Hereford Times if I was that wealthy. No more reading it online and posting inane comments. I could scribble all over it in Red Ink and post it back to them with my corrections. mizza21
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

here's-hoping says...

Many congratulations to the winner. Wouldn't we all just love to pick up a similar jackpot! I don't know yet if this will work, but here's what I'm doing to try and get a win. I've made a little just-for-fun free page which generates my own personal quick pick (lucky dip) numbers. As I say, it is only for fun, but it might work - you just never know your luck! Look out for VillaLibra Lucky Numbers if you want to see if you can locate it yourself.
Many congratulations to the winner. Wouldn't we all just love to pick up a similar jackpot! I don't know yet if this will work, but here's what I'm doing to try and get a win. I've made a little just-for-fun free page which generates my own personal quick pick (lucky dip) numbers. As I say, it is only for fun, but it might work - you just never know your luck! Look out for VillaLibra Lucky Numbers if you want to see if you can locate it yourself. here's-hoping
  • Score: 1

10:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

saidflo says...

Love it!
All the research work done by Jess Phillips and a survey quiz!!!
What an article - brilliantly done :)

mizza - thanks for the giggle
Love it! All the research work done by Jess Phillips and a survey quiz!!! What an article - brilliantly done :) mizza - thanks for the giggle saidflo
  • Score: 6

10:21pm Fri 11 Apr 14

saidflo says...

It's all about the money, money, money ........
It's all about the money, money, money ........ saidflo
  • Score: -2

2:51pm Mon 14 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

I tell thee what. I would buy a premier league footballer for 10 weeks or so during the off season and get him to clean up my blimmin garden.
The weeds have really started coming up in earnest and a fit young man would be great to get in there with a trowel and small fork and sort the lot out.

I would also write a book about my experience and sell the idea to a TV production company so as to make money to employ the surly footballing youth for a week or two longer whereupon I would insist on him cleaning out the guttering and telling him I would not tolerate any tantrums or prima donna behaviour like his previous managers.

Then I would sign back on the sausage roll and resume my Greggs stake bake addiction. I like to let them go cold and smother them in Brown sauce and salt before I put them on the fire.
I tell thee what. I would buy a premier league footballer for 10 weeks or so during the off season and get him to clean up my blimmin garden. The weeds have really started coming up in earnest and a fit young man would be great to get in there with a trowel and small fork and sort the lot out. I would also write a book about my experience and sell the idea to a TV production company so as to make money to employ the surly footballing youth for a week or two longer whereupon I would insist on him cleaning out the guttering and telling him I would not tolerate any tantrums or prima donna behaviour like his previous managers. Then I would sign back on the sausage roll and resume my Greggs stake bake addiction. I like to let them go cold and smother them in Brown sauce and salt before I put them on the fire. mizza21
  • Score: 1

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