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Christmas Day Winner Goes Public

Christmas Day Winner Goes Public
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

The winner of the Christmas Day Lotto jackpot has not only claimed his prize, he has also gone public with his win, and his story is sure to inspire plenty of other people to try their luck in 2011. Paul Goldie is a 51 year old plumber from Tyne & Wear and he landed a half-share of the £7,162,962 jackpot on Saturday 25 December. The winning numbers were 13, 15, 22, 25, 33 and 34, and Paul’s share of the jackpot worked out at £3,581,481, but Paul and his wife Christine didn’t find out about the win until Boxing Day…

“I had a quiet Christmas Day whilst Christine worked at the local care home serving Christmas dinners, then later I collected her and we went over to my step-daughter’s house,” Paul explained. “It was midnight on Christmas Day when we got home. Christine was taking a shower when I thought to check the lottery numbers. I couldn’t believe it – I kept checking the numbers thinking I must have got the date wrong. Then I shouted at Christine to get out of the shower and come and help me. It’s unbelievable! And to think I nearly didn’t buy the ticket that morning!”

Paul cooked Boxing Day lunch as he had planned to do all along, but suddenly he had more important things than eating on his mind.  “It really hadn’t sunk in,” Paul said. “It still hasn’t sunk in! I haven’t been able to eat or sleep since Christmas Day!”  

Paul and Christine have already started spending some of their new-found wealth by ordering a couple of new cars (an Audi Q7 and an Audi A3), and Paul intends to buy a new house as well. “I want lovely big house,” Paul said. “Lots of space in the garden for the kids, a drive and garages for the cars…you’ve got to, haven’t you!”

The couple’s work life will also change quite a bit. “Christine has already handed in her notice and I am considering my options,” Paul said. “I am not saying we will never work again but we want some time out to find a new house, go shopping and have holidays. We can’t wait!”

We thank Paul and Christine for sharing their good news with the world, and we congratulate them on their Christmas Day jackpot win. For those of you who want to try and win a jackpot of your own, visit our Lottery Tickets page to play for a Lotto jackpot of £2.4 million this Wednesday 12 January and also for a EuroMillions jackpot of £12 million this Friday. Good luck!

Published: Tuesday 11th January 2011

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