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Hartlepool shop worker quits job after partner scoops £7.5m on National Lottery

Doreen Hay, 70, who is retired, with her son John Hay, 38, a cable engineer and his partner Susan Robinson, 39, at a press conference at the Rockcliffe Hall hotel near Darlington after scooping �7.5m on the National Lottery on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2014. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Doreen Hay, 70, who is retired, with her son John Hay, 38, a cable engineer and his partner Susan Robinson, 39, at a press conference at the Rockcliffe Hall hotel near Darlington after scooping �7.5m on the National Lottery on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2014. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A HARTLEPOOL shop worker has quit her job after her partner scooped £7.5m on the National Lottery.

Susan Robinson left her position at The Range, in Brenda Road, this week within days of partner John Hay and his mum hitting the jackpot.

Miss Robinson, 39, had worked as a customer services representative at the homeware store before the life-changing win.

She can now look forward to a life of luxury with cable-puller John, 38, who is planning to buy a dream home for the couple.

John, from Billingham, and his mum Doreen, 70, matched all six Lotto numbers in last Saturday’s draw.

The family celebrated by popping champagne bottles and toasting their win in front of the cameras earlier this week.

It turned out the winning ticket was a lucky dip that Doreen, of Thornaby, had bought in addition to her usual numbers.

She did find out she had won until the next morning when she checked her numbers in the newspapers.

Doreen rang John who jumped in his car and dashed to her house to check the numbers for himself.

“I checked the numbers three times,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe it so I sat down and then checked again.

“It was then I realised we’d won £7.5m.”

John phoned the National Lottery to verify the win before calling partner Susan to tell her the good news.

The couple, who are currently renting, plan to buy a dream home.

They are also reported to be planning to travel the world with Susan’s three stepchildren Daniel, 22, Joseph, 11, and Aimee, nine.

Their last holiday was seven years ago and they are planning a trip to Disneyland, Florida first.

Both John and Doreen are to give £500,000 to Doreen’s ex-husband John Senior, who she has stayed close friends with.

And Doreen has pledged to make generous donations to her three grandchildren and her favourite charities which are Help for Heroes, WaterAid, Save The Children and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, as well as a local hospice.

 

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