Plymouth woman who won £500,000 with Ant and Dec decides how to spend it
UNTIL now she's been living in a rented house with her husband and four children, dreaming of one day owning her own home.
She's also been keen to start a private pension, save for her children and take the family on a big holiday.
And now part-time travel agent Sophie Shaw can do of all these things thanks to a sensational twist of fortune on national television.
Millions watched on Saturday as Sophie, 29, jumped for joy with presenters Ant and Dec as she scooped a whopping £500,000 on ITV's Red or Black after getting the ball to land on red in 'The Vortex'.
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Speaking for the first time since her huge win, Sophie revealed to The Herald just how she and her family plan to use her cash windfall.
Top of the list is the home of their dreams – and she's already started her house hunt.
She and husband Ben and their children are living in rented accommodation in Plymouth because they could never afford to save up for a deposit to buy.
And despite her job selling holidays, Sophie said hasn't been abroad herself for years.
She said: "Ben and I haven't had a holiday since our honeymoon to Mexico in 2006.
"Money has been incredibly tight. I had two of my children during my law degree and my husband has been a student for a long time.
"£500,000 is a dramatic amount of money – we have gone from one end of the spectrum to the other.
"I don't know if I'm a good money manager because we've never had any!"
Sophie said she applied for the show in the hope she could buy a house.
She told The Herald: "It's so exciting. I have always wanted to provide a home and now I can buy one for us all and each of the children can have their own bedroom."
Sophie is now also finally able to plan her own dream family holiday to Florida. But Sophie insists she will be careful not to squander the money, and is already thinking about the future and their retirement.
"As we have always been students, we haven't been able to have private pensions," she said. "Now we can. I also want to set up a rainy day fund and bank accounts for the children.
"I want to give up work while the youngest children are small and spend time with my family."
Sophie's Red or Black win was recorded in June and she told only her parents, in-laws, husband and two eldest children.
Sam, 16, and Isabelle, nine, were sworn to secrecy while Jasmine, five, and Charlie, two, were not told.
Sophie said that going on Red or Black had been the best decision of her life.
"Ben was in absolute shock," she said. "He's incredibly proud and amazed by it, and it was nice for me to get glammed up for the day!"