Lotto winner dinner lady still lives in council house 18 years after £1.7million jackpot

Lottery winner Trish Emson still lives in the old family council house and still works as a dinner lady 18 years after scooping £1.7million.

Modest Trish, 51, says becoming a millionaire did not change her or her partner Graham Norton, also 51, who still works as decorator, one little bit.

Even their son Benjamin, 17, has kept his feet on the ground, attending sixth form at the local comp and not even getting pocket money.

Down-to-earth millionaire, Trish, says: “Being rich doesn’t make you posh or a better person.

“I don’t like showing off and bragging about money and I can’t be posh anyway.

“To look at me you wouldn’t think I was a millionaire, but if I have to dress up I feel fake, I prefer my jeans.

“We’ve been careful. I don’t buy flash cars, I’ve got a Kia and I still shop in Primark.

“The best thing we bought was the caravan in Cleethorpes.

“It’s a big un.

“Actually I’ve got two now.

“I bought one for my family and friends, for when they come down.

“There’s been a few nice holidays too – to Benalmádena, Benidorm, Ibiza and I took my mum on a cruise.”

But Trish, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, said her biggest prize came two weeks after winning the jackpot in October 2003 – when she got pregnant after five-and-a-half years of trying.

She said: “I would have given all the money back just to get pregnant.

“All I ever wanted was to have children. I had been planning to do IVF, so I was over the moon when I got pregnant.

“I really believe it was thanks to winning the lottery that I did get pregnant.

“I had my mind on something else and it just happened.

“That was a better feeling than winning the lottery and the best thing that’s happened in my life.”

Asked how she keeps son Benjamin’s feet on the ground, she says: “He doesn’t even get pocket money.

“But he does put things in my Amazon basket, although if he’s being cheeky and there’s something for £100, I say, ‘I don’t think so!’

“He went to a normal school, I didn’t send him to a private one because sometimes they can be a bit stuck up and we wanted to keep him with his friends.”

Recalling the moment their life changed, she says: “My other half put the numbers up on the telly.

“I said, ‘I’ve got that’, ‘I’ve got that’, I’ve got that!.

“I walked to the shop and passed my ticket over and he said, ‘I can’t give you that. You’ve got the jackpot, you jammy b****r’.” She was told to ring Camelot.

Trish says: “I put the ticket in the bottom drawer, but we were worried as my mother-in-law, who lived with us, had burnt the kitchen down the week before.

“We’d put some meat in and asked her to put the oven on at a certain time, but she put the grill on instead.

“We had the fire brigade out.

“All the walls were black but the joint was cooked well.

“The ticket was in the drawer and we had images of it going up in flames.”

Explaining why she kept her job serving meals at her local primary school, Trish says: “I’d be bored to tears without it and I love the kids, they cheer me up every day.

“The kids told me they Googled me because they thought I was telling them fibs about winning the lottery.”