A BILLINGHAM man has spoken of his delight after winning £7.5m with his mum on the National Lottery at the weekend.
John Hay, 38, a cable engineer, and his 70-year-old mother Doreen, from Thornaby, only found they had won on Sunday morning when she checked the newspapers.
It turned out the winning ticket had been a lucky dip which Doreen bought in addition to her usual numbers.
Mr Hay, a cable engineer, jumped in his car and sped over to see his mother after she phoned him to say: “John, you’ll have to come over, I think we’ve won the Lottery.”
He said: “I checked the numbers three times.
“I couldn’t believe it so I sat down and then checked again.
“It was then I realised we’d won £7.5m.”
After phoning the National Lottery to confirm the win, Mr Hay called his partner Susan Robinson, 39, a customer services representative. The couple, who are renting, plan to buy a dream home.
Their last holiday was seven years ago and they are now planning a trip to Disneyland, Florida.
His mother intends to move from her upstairs flat into a bungalow, treat her three grandchildren, seven brothers and sisters, and her ex-husband, also John.