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Scottish Lotto Winning Couple Plan to Help Flood Victims

Scottish Lotto Winning Couple Plan to Help Flood Victims

Lotto winners David and Carol Martin, of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, were presented to the public today after snapping up half of Saturday’s £66 million jackpot and said they would use the money to fund their early retirement, help out their family and friends and donate to good causes. David told the assembled press “there are charities which are important to us...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."

The couple attended a news conference at the Dalmahoy Hotel near Edinburgh, having correctly matched the numbers 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58 in Saturday’s biggest ever Lotto jackpot draw. They recalled they hadn’t thought to check their ticket until a family friend dropped by on Sunday morning and mentioned there had been two winning entries. The Martins looked up the winning line on Carol’s phone as they ate breakfast and realised they had scooped half the jackpot.

David said he will leave his job fitting specialist equipment into the homes of the elderly and disabled as soon as possible, whilst Carol is also set to step down from her role at a nearby chemist. They plan to buy a rural mansion with their winnings as well as a place abroad and will look after their loved ones, including daughter Lisa, 26, who refused to believe their good news when they rang her in Australia to tell her.

David told reporters the first thing he wanted to buy was “a nice pair of £200 brogues” and that he would like to attend Wimbledon and the Masters golf tournament with his winnings. The couple pledged to formulate more plans at the weekend, when they hope Lisa can return from down under, with mum and dad footing the airfare of course!

The other winning ticket holder is yet to make themselves known to lottery officials and is potentially still unaware that they are due a £33 million payday. If you haven’t checked your slip from Saturday night, take a look at the Lottery Results section and find out if you could be joining the Martins on the Lotto rich list.

Tonight’s Lotto jackpot stands at £2.4 million and you can buy tickets online or from authorised retailers across the country.

Published: Wednesday 13th January 2016

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