Lotto couple plan to retire early after £33million Lucky Dip windfall

Carol and David Martin celebrate their windfall at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh.
Carol and David Martin celebrate their windfall at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh.

A husband and wife are planning an early retirement after scooping £33million on the lottery, half of the UK's biggest-ever Lotto jackpot.

David and Carol Martin, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, are celebrating scooping the prize after matching six correct numbers in Saturday's record draw.

David and Carol Martin

David and Carol Martin

The massive jackpot of just over £66million was the result of 14 rollovers.

New rules stipulated that once the amount went over £50million it would have been shared between the next tier down of winners if no one matched all six numbers. The other ticket remains unclaimed.

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The couple had been relaxing at home, "completely unaware" that the Lotto ticket on their mantelpiece held the winning numbers until a visit from a friend who urged them to check it.

The second winning ticket remains unclaimed at the moment.

The second winning ticket remains unclaimed at the moment.

Mr Martin, who works for Borders Care and Repair which helps elderly and disabled fit equipment in their homes, said: "My mate Keith had popped over for a chat on Sunday morning when he mentioned that there had been two Lotto winners in the big rollover the night before.

"I hadn't checked my ticket, so I removed it from the mantelpiece and thought I'd take a quick look, but for some reason we couldn't find the results in the paper.

"After Keith had left, Carol and I were tucking into bacon and black pudding rolls when we decided to check the ticket against the results on her phone.

"I had three lines, all Lucky Dip tickets, and as Carol called out the numbers, I realised that the first line matched up one by one. We must have checked it another 10 times or more.

He added: "I've dreamt of this moment many times, but when it actually came it was just a total shock.

"We were both stunned into silence. We kept re-checking the numbers, as we thought there must be a mistake.

"Then we called Camelot to see if it could possibly be true. The lady at the end of the phone was really nice and told us we were right, we were winners.

"All we could do was drink lots of hot tea and try and make sense of it all. The information just wasn't going in."

The first person to be told the news was the couple's 26-year-old daughter Lisa, who lives in Australia.

Mr Martin said: "We caught Lisa on the telephone as she was driving to work and told her to pull over.

"She thought something bad had happened, as we normally only Skype or WhatsApp her to keep the costs down. So, when we telephoned she was really worried.

"Then we told her we've just won 68 million in Australian dollars. She couldn't believe it and thought we were pulling her leg."

The family have not been together for more than a year, but the couple have offered to pay the plane fare home as soon as Lisa can arrange it.

The family said they hoped to be reunited at the weekend so they can begin planning their futures.

Mrs Martin, who works in a local chemist, said: "Lisa loves it out in Australia and has been trying to gain residency over there.

"She's been in Australia for more than five years and we last saw her at Christmas 2014. We can't wait to see her again. With all this going on, it doesn't seem right not to be together."

The couple, who have been married for 28 years, are planning to retire as soon as possible and said they would love a new home in the country, local to where they live now, and a holiday home in the sun.

Mr Martin said: "It's everyone's dream to win the lottery. I've talked about winning and what I would do so many times. But now it's actually here my mind's gone blank.

"We don't have all the answers yet but we'd like to help our closest friends and family, and there are charities which are important to us too.

"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."

He is a keen golfer but has been unable to play for some months due to a heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation.

Mrs Martin added: "David has been suffering in recent months from an irregular heart rate and has been taking medication to help control it.

"He will need to have a small operation soon to help steady the pulses and after that should be back out on the golf course before too long."

Their winning Lotto Jackpot ticket was bought from Morrisons in Hawick and the winning numbers were 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.

The couple's win has catapulted them to the top of the Lotto rich list, overtaking the previous biggest winners, Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner, who shared a £22.5million jackpot in 1995.