Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Second time lucky for £4.8m couple

Susan and Lee Mullen celebrate their £4,873,639.80 EuroMillions win
Susan and Lee Mullen, from Grimsby, said their numbers had come up before but they hadn't bought a ticket
Susan and Lee Mullen with their T-registration Ford Mondeo which they are going to keep after winning £4,873,639.80 in Friday's EuroMillions draw

A married couple celebrating a £4.8 million lottery win have revealed their numbers had come up before - but they had stopped buying tickets to pay for nappies.

Susan and Lee Mullen, from Grimsby, played the National Lottery religiously every week until their daughter was born six years ago.

It was a straight choice - carrying on playing the lottery or clothe their child, they said, and it meant they missed out on that windfall, leaving them "totally gutted".

But at Christmas Mrs Mullen had a dream that lightning would strike twice and they started playing the lottery again - their numbers coming up just six weeks later.

At a press conference in Grimsby, Mr Mullen said: "Unbelievable. It really is a dream come true. To think you never ever have to look at the label to see how much it is or to worry about what you're putting in your trolley."

The 38-year-old said he and his wife were living in a rented property at the time their numbers first came up and could not even afford to buy furniture.

"Obviously the priority was my daughter so we bought nappies and unfortunately all six numbers that we did every week came in - to say that we were totally gutted was an understatement," he said.

Mrs Mullen, 40, said she dreamt at Christmas their win would be even bigger. "It was £4.6 million though, I was pretty close," she said.

The couple matched all five numbers and two lucky stars on their lucky dip ticket to scoop the £4,873,639.80 jackpot in the EuroMillions draw on Friday February 4.

Mrs Mullen, who is registered disabled after back surgery for a prolapsed disc caused nerve damage, said the money would make a huge difference since they had been living off just £300 a week for a long time, which was not quite enough to support them and their four children who lived at home with them.

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