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Retirees Land Lotto Jackpot

Retirees Land Lotto Jackpot
Updated: Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The EuroMillions lottery game has been hogging the headlines in recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean that the Lotto game has taken a back seat as far as generating brand new millionaires is concerned. Just ask Fred Smith and his wife Doreen who are both in their seventies and were lucky enough to win a one-third share of the £7.21 million Lotto rollover jackpot on Saturday 9 July. They matched the main numbers 1, 2, 21, 24, 33 and 49 to pick up a very useful prize of £2,405,435 just in time for Doreen’s 71st birthday on Sunday 10 July!

Fred explained how the couple found out about their win: “I usually check my tickets on Teletext after the draw,” he said. “We got back from my grandson’s wedding around 12.30am so I turned on the TV to check our numbers before I went to bed. A few numbers caught my eye and I remember thinking we might have won a tenner. I’d had a few drinks so I had difficulty focusing on number 49 but I soon realised we had all six numbers!

“I shouted to my wife that we’d got six numbers but she thought I was winding her up so I shouted up to my son who was staying over who came and had a look – only then did Doreen take me seriously,” Fred said. “She’s had two hip replacements but as soon as she saw I was telling the truth, she was dancing like Michael Flatley!”

Spontaneous outbursts of dancing are quite common among lottery winners, so it is good to hear that Doreen enjoyed the moment as fully as someone half her age. She has been married to Fred for 51 years and the couple have played the Lotto ever since the game was first launched in 1994. Their dedication has now paid off handsomely!

“This win means my family can be set up for life – we’ve always had to watch the pennies but now we know our children and grandchildren are going to be fine,” Fred said. “It also means we can enjoy our retirement without any worries – I’d like to get a bungalow so Doreen doesn’t need to bother with stairs with her hip problems and we like the idea of a holiday home in Spain.”

We congratulate Fred and Doreen and wish them a happy and enjoyable retirement. And for readers who fancy buying a holiday home of their own, there are a couple of opportunities to win a big jackpot coming up over the next few days. Buy lottery tickets today for a chance to win a jackpot of around £13 million in the EuroMillions game this Friday 15 July or a rollover jackpot of around £6.5 million in the Lotto game on Saturday and good luck!

Written by Ian Bruce

Published: Thursday 14th July 2011

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