A couple won more than £5.1 million on the Lotto Jackpot but the husband says he still refusesd to spend £6.50 for a bacon roll at his local golf club.
Key workers Paul and Louise
Mum-of-two Louise, who works as a district nurse, thought something terrible had happened when Paul dashed into their bedroom at 4.30am after he had already set off for work.
Key workers Paul and Louise Drake, both 47, are celebrating the life-changing
But he had actually scooped £5,162,779 in the draw on July 28 after Paul matched all six main numbers – 23, 26, 34, 36, 44, 59 – when he bought a Lotto Lucky Dip tickets from his local One Stop.
Paul, who worked as a production operator with Lidl, is now eyeing up both a Porsche and a Range Rover, but says he won’t be paying nearly £7 for bacon butties at the golf club anytime soon.
Paul said: ‘I car share with two colleagues, and it was my turn to do the driving.
‘It was about 4:30 in the morning and I was just getting into the car when I had this niggling feeling to check my Lotto Lucky Dip numbers.
‘I checked my ticket and just sat there in shock.
‘Now, I’m not an emotional guy but I just burst into tears. I ran back into the house screaming and woke Louise up to tell her.
‘We just couldn’t believe it.
Louise loves to travel and wants to take their boys, aged 11 and 15, to New York
‘As I was the designated driver that day I still had to go and pick up the guys for work. It was so hard to keep it to myself.
‘I went into the office and just said I wouldn’t be able to come in that day.’
Louise said: ‘I got such a fright thinking something was wrong, but he was shouting something about winning the lottery.
‘At first I thought it was £5,000 and tried to go back to sleep. But obviously that didn’t happen.
Paul added: ‘The guys who I drove to work knew something was up and that I was acting strangely so it wasn’t long before people guessed.
‘Our friends, family and colleagues are over the moon for us, they’re really chuffed, which is great.’
As key workers, Paul and Louise have been working hard over the last 18 months.
Paul said: ‘We’ve both worked hard all our lives, as did our parents before us.
‘This money is absolutely amazing, and it will change our lives dramatically from a financial perspective, but we won’t let it change who we are.
‘I’ll still chase a bargain and I definitely won’t be paying £6.50 for a bacon roll at the golf club.’
Paul has always been a big fan of cars and has already set his sights on a Porsche, and potentially a state-of-the-art Range Rover too.
Louise loves to travel and wants to take their boys, aged 11 and 15, to New York.
She’s also planning a trip to Florida for the whole family at some point in the future.
Paul, who worked as a production operator with Lidl, is now eyeing up both a Porsche and a Range Rover
Louise said: ‘We actually got married at Gretna Green in 2015.
‘My mum and the boys were with us as we were travelling down to the Blackpool Air Show.
‘We stopped for coffee and just decided to do it then and there, I was wearing jeans.
‘As the only daughter, my mum wasn’t happy.
‘She softened a bit when we took her to Florida with us though, so I definitely want to create more memories like that.’
Paul said: ‘Normally I am quite organised with my playing but on this occasion I must’ve been rushing about too much, probably taking one of the kids to an activity.
‘I ended up just grabbing three Lucky Dips. I can tell you, the winning Lotto ticket did not leave my side for a week.’
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