When Sally Cloke and her partner won nearly $A2 million in the lottery, she thought that was it. She thought she’d never work again.

The mum-of-three quit her job working night shifts caring for Alzheimer’s patients in the UK and upgraded her home so each of her children had a room of their own.

But she soon felt unfulfilled and wanted to return to her work to provide care for people, Ms Cooke told The Mirror, so she went back to sleepless nights working $20 an hour.

“As they say, ‘Life goes on,’ and I started to miss my job more and more,” she said.

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“Caring for the residents was very fulfilling. That’s what I enjoyed the most.

“Before I left, my manager said, ‘There will always be a job for you here,’ so she welcomed me back with open arms.

“It’s not the best of pay but I do it out of my heart.

“I walk out of there after a shift and know I have done a good job.”

She and her partner, Richard Thursby, both now in their 50s, spent the fortune on modest purchases such as a new car.