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Tamworth Jackpot

Tamworth Jackpot
Updated: Friday 25th April 2014

A couple of horse racing enthusiasts from Tamworth in Staffordshire won more than £1 million by matching all six numbers in the Lotto draw on Saturday 18 October, 2008. Colin and Tina Halford were one of four jackpot winners, each of which scooped £1,134,695, but they didn’t find out about their win for another week.

“We were going for a drink at the local pub so we decided to stop off at the newsagents on the way,” Colin explained. I went in while Tina waited in the car and gave our tickets to the lady behind the counter. She put one in the machine and told me we had won £10 and she then said she had to double check the other line – we even joked about it being the winning ticket! Then once she checked it, she said they couldn’t pay it out and we had to ring The National Lottery. We looked at other in disbelief and after checking the numbers, one by one, I found out we had potentially won over a million pounds!”

At this stage, Tina was still waiting in the car, oblivious to the fact that she and her husband’s lives had potentially changed beyond recognition. When Colin returned to share the news, she went into shock.

“I didn’t believe him at first but I was shaking like a leaf!” Tina said. “We sat in the car and phoned the lottery line to check the numbers once more and then met our friends in the pub before phoning the family to tell them the good news. I’m still in shock and what is even more amazing is that we were millionaires for a week and didn’t even know it!”

Colin and Tina are both retired and have two adult children. They intend to splash out on family treats and will be taking a luxury cruise in the Mediterranean – their first holiday for two years.

Published: Monday 3rd November 2008

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