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Lotto-winning dinner lady hid her £1m prize for five weeks

Mum in a million: Paula Williamson with sons Jack (left) and Ian toasting the win PICTURE: SWNS

A DINNER lady who won £1million on the lottery kept it secret from her two sons for five weeks — because one of them was on holiday in Australia.

Hours after Jack Williamson, 26, returned from visiting family Paula Williamson broke the news at a Camelot champagne party her sons thought was to mark 20 years of service at her school.

Mrs Williamson, 59, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, won on March 1 but was oblivious for a week until she checked her ticket while shopping and the sales assistant said she had won ‘more than £500’.

She said: ‘I rushed home and called Camelot. The lady on the phone said to me “are you sitting down? You have won £1million”. I couldn’t believe it. In fact, I still can’t.’

She told husband Geoff, 68, about their good fortune but kept it from groundworker son Ian, 24, who lives at home.

She said: ‘It was tough being in the same house as Ian and keeping it from him but we did it. Celebrating the winning moment is something we wanted to ensure we would remember forever.’

She plans to buy bus driver Jack and his brother, who both have sons, houses, joking that she ‘wants to get rid of them’.