Derry inventor advised on how to spend her million pound lottery win

A Derry inventor who scooped a whopping £1m in the lottery has received a masterclass on the best way to spend her windfall.

Friday, 23rd September 2016, 2:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:33 pm
Lottery Millionaire Anne Canavan and daughter Cressida from Derry~Londonderry with Cassidy Dart who led a team of experts at the EuroMillions Millionaire Academy who have been assembled to provide luxury lifestyle advice to an ever growing band of millionaires. From next week, EuroMillions will be making double the number of UK millionaires and knowledge from this one-off academy will guide future winners in their quest to fulfil their ultimeate bucket list.

Anne Canavan has just graduated from the National Lottery Mega Millionaire Academy where jackpot winners were adviced in their quest to fulfil their millionaire ‘bucket list’.

Whether it is demystifying posh restaurant menus or chartering a private jet, Anne is now set and her input will help perfect the advice available to future EuroMillions winners.

Speaking from the event at an exclusive London venue, Anne said: “Ever since my win I’ve been enjoying experiences I never dreamt possible, from buying my dream home to taking exotic holidays, it’s been amazing. There have been occasions where I’ve come a little unstuck so to have this team of professionals from the world of the rich and famous giving me advice has been great, and lots of fun to boot.”

With cars often a new winner’s first extravagance, the former Grand Prix driver and Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell was on hand providing insight to the dos and don’ts of the high end car market. Other experts included Cassidy Dart, Director of Wine from Pol Roger, who led the class in a Champagne serving and tasting session; gift wrapper to the stars Neelam Meetcha who dispensed advice on gift wrapping large and unusual gifts - including a practical session on how to gift wrap a Range Rover - and celebrity stylist, Zoe Tilston who offered helpful tips on what to wear for those private jet journeys or significant social events.

Commenting on the Mega Millionaire Academy, Anne said: “Winning the lottery has opened numerous doors for me, and my family, and it’s great to know that as more people join this wonderful ‘club’ every week they too will be able to open those doors.

“My involvement in the Millionaire Academy will certainly help me in the future. It’s not that I drink vintage Champagne every day, but it’s nice to know when you are! Never did I think I’d get some top tips from the Director of Wine at a prestigious Champagne house or the inside line on the best sports car in the £250,000 plus price bracket. What a day, what an experience.”

A short video on Anne’s experience at the Academy can be viewed on