Sarah reflects on life-changing lottery success

Sarah Cockings
Sarah Cockings

A Morpeth woman joined other big winners to celebrate two decades of The National Lottery.

The meeting of lucky individuals who won £1million or more since the first draw on November 19, 1994, included Sarah Cockings and to mark the occasion, they participated in a glamorous Vanity Fair-style photo shoot.

The 31-year-old scooped a Lotto jackpot of £3,045,705 in April 2005. She was studying social work at university at the time.

As well as buying her parents a house and indulging in a few cars and luxury holidays, one of the more memorable purchases was buying breast enlargement surgery for her two sisters, Emma and Alex.

She has since gone back to university to complete a degree, earning a first in Care, Education & Counselling. The full-time mum now lives with her partner and their two-year-old son in Morpeth – with a second baby on the way.

Despite being just 21 at the time of her win, she has credited her family with keeping her grounded.

Sarah said: “I’ve got a really close-knit family and my win wasn’t just for me, but also for my family. We’ve all benefitted some way and it has been great to be able to share it with them.

“As well as some of the more fun things I’ve bought, I’m also really lucky to be able to be a stay at home mum as that is a real luxury these days.”

To celebrate the anniversary, there will be two exciting lottery events for players.

On Saturday, Lotto guarantees to create 20 new millionaires in the UK and there will be a special EuroMillions event on Friday, November 28 that will guarantee 10 UK millionaires, who will also receive a trip of a lifetime for two.