What do Lottery winners buy when they pick up their millions? Chances are it’s a new house, a holiday and inevitably, a car.
Back in February a list of the most popular cars for lottery winners was revealed. With millions at their disposal, it was no surprise to see luxury cars come out on top, with Land Rover’s Range Rover performing particularly well.
However, there was also a surprise when Vauxhall finished fourth, ahead of Porsche, Audi and Jaguar. It’s a good indication the brand is on its way back, but also a hint that not all lottery winners want a large 4×4 or luxury saloon after winning the lottery.
We’ve rounded up some of the cars chosen by recent lottery winners who are after something a bit different:
Ford Transit Connect
Not everybody would consider going out and buying a Ford Transit Connect after winning more than £3.6 million on the lottery and recent National Lottery winner Neil Dexter didn’t buy one either – instead he bought two.
"I’m a Yorkshireman, so I don’t go rushing out and buying things," says Neil, "but the Fords were my first purchases. I had it in mind to buy the Connect before my win, but the lottery has helped make it a reality."
Perhaps I should explain. Neil bought the vans for his business, which he will continue to run despite becoming a millionaire. Next up for Neil? A new house and a holiday to Australia.
Sharon Mather, winner of the £12.4 million on the EuroMillions Lottery this year turned down the chance to own a Land Rover or a Jaguar for something a bit nippier.
She admitted she would splash out on an £11,000 Peugeot 207 for her new car – an upgrade from the Peugeot 107 she had owned previously.
Although Sharon, if you’re reading, may we suggest the superb Peugeot RCZ as a compromise?
A caravan and a second hand Vauxhall
Lottery winner Wally Jinks shared the jackpot with friend Alan Stringer in June this year and while Mr Jinks plans to update his caravan for his Yorkshire coast holidays, Mr Stringer has set his sights on a second hand Vauxhall.
Mr Stringer currently owns a 13-year-old unspecified car and plans to replace it with a second-hand Vauxhall Astra estate.
He will also continue to work, saying: "You’ve got to keep your feet on the ground,’
Mr Stringer is a real-life example of a Vauxhall being bought after winning the lottery, showing plenty of people would buy British if the opportunity arose.
Finally, according to a book called ‘We Won The Lottery’, one lucky winner even shelled out for one of these: