Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

£2.6m Lotto win on 40th anniversary

Phillip Sawyer, 60, and his wife Sandra, 61 with their daughters Amanda (left) and Nichola

A couple spoke of their elation at sharing in a £2.6 million Lotto jackpot in the week they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Philip Sawyer and his wife Sandra, who are splitting the win with their two grown-up daughters, now plan to buy a house and a new BMW.

Mr Sawyer, from Shard End, Birmingham, said he waited for an hour to wake his wife after realising his good fortune when he checked his ticket last Thursday.

The 60-year-old, a former car salesman, appeared at a press conference in Sutton Coldfield alongside his wife and two daughters, Amanda and Nicola.

Recalling the moment he realised his lucky dip ticket matched all six numbers in last Wednesday's draw, Mr Sawyer said: "I habitually get up at 7am and I made a cup of tea and then checked the lottery results.

"I thought I'd won £10 and then I realised that all six numbers were there - it was a very good feeling."

But Mr Sawyer kept to his wife's request not to be woken until 8am, opting to read a book before telling her they had scooped £2,606,914.

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