The couple Joe (49) and Jess Thwaite (46) from Great Britain have risen to the British financial elite in one fell swoop. The two won more than 223 million Swiss francs at Euromillions – beating the British record. This makes them richer than, for example, music superstar Tom Jones (81) or national soccer player Harry Kane (28).
But when you see what they have already bought or want to buy, you might think they had only won a few tens of thousands of francs.
Skoda instead of Hyundai
“I’ll definitely buy a new car,” Joe told the Daily Mail. The Thwaite couple decided to go public with their win on Thursday because acquaintances seemed unable to keep the secret.
That’s why Joe spoke to the media about his new vehicle: “My dream car is a Skoda Superb Estate.” Because it has so much space in the trunk. Unlike his current car, a Hyundai. That’s why he has to go.
Off to Hawaii?
They celebrated the victory with a family dinner, said his wife. And they would have bought bedroom furniture. “A wardrobe and chests of drawers.” Otherwise they would not have treated themselves to anything. Except for two suitcases to travel to the hotel where they announced their mega win.
The suitcases could then also be used for their common dream: to go travelling. So far, they have mainly been on camping holidays with their two twin daughters (8), the two say. But you have many friends abroad who you can visit now. «Our children would love to travel to the warmth. I would be so happy to do that with them,” Jess said. The children would have been talking about Hawaii for a long time.
Looking at luxury real estate
But they also have a more tangible goal: a new house. And that shouldn’t take too long. The first thing Joe did when he found out about winning was he went online and looked at luxury real estate. “Those without a budget limit,” as he said.
The reason for this: the two currently live together with the twins in a rented apartment. They only moved there a few months ago because they had financial problems due to the Corona crisis and had to give up their previous house. “Our situation wasn’t terrible,” says Jess. “We love the life we have chosen.” But it seems to be quite cramped in the apartment. Along with their two children, they also share this with various animals, as they explained when announcing their prize.
Joe also has two older children from his first marriage, who should also receive something. You want to “let the extended family share in the profits,” said the couple.
However, there has already been a big change in her life: Joe Thwaite has given up his job in communications. Wife Jess is also thinking about what to do with her hair salon, which she runs with her sister. Even if they only want to spend the profit very carefully, it has already given them a luxury good: time. (of)