A couple from Hawick in the Scottish Borders have been unveiled as the winners of half of last Saturday’s record £66m National Lottery jackpot. David and Carol Martin, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate scooping the prize after matching six correct numbers in the record draw. The massive jackpot of just over £66 million was the result of 14 rollovers.
The pair plan to spend the money on a ‘nice pair of shoes’ for Mr Martin, a first class ticket home for their daughter in Australia and taking early retirement.
But they also confirmed to Sky News that they’ll spend some of their winnings on helping flood victims in their area.
David said : “It’s everyone’s dream to win the lottery. We don’t have all the answers yet but we’d like to help our closest friends and family and there are charities which are important to us too. Parts of our community have also been hit by flooding and we know lots of people who have struggled in recent times so there’s a lot for us to work out but it’s a nice problem to have.”
Speaking at a news conference in Edinburgh the couple called it a ‘total shock’ and said they’d only checked the ticket once a friend had urged them to.
David explained “My mate Keith had popped over for a chat on Sunday morning when he mentioned that there had been two Lotto winners in the big Rollover the night before.
“I hadn’t checked my ticket so I removed it from the mantelpiece and thought I’d take a quick look but for some reason we couldn’t find the results in the paper.
“After Keith had left, Carol and I were tucking into bacon and black pudding rolls when we decided to check the ticket against the results on her phone. As Carol called out the numbers, I realised that the first line matched up one by one. We must have checked it another ten times or more!”
The record jackpot amount follows 14 consecutive rollovers.