Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Third time lucky for lotto winners

Angela and Dave Dawes from Cambridgeshire scooped more that 100 million pounds on only their third-ever lottery ticket
Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, won the UK's third biggest lottery prize of more than 101 million pounds

A couple who scooped over £101 million in the EuroMillions draw had only played twice before.

It really was third time lucky for Dave Dawes, 47, a shift supervisor for Premier Foods, and Angela Dawes, 43, a volunteer for the British Heart Foundation, when they hit the jackpot last Friday.

The couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, also became the third biggest lottery winners in the UK.

Mr Dawes described how they discovered their win.

He said: "We were watching TV and the EuroMillions draw show came on so we kept watching, not thinking we would win anything.

"We got our tickets out and watched in shock as, one by one, the numbers came up on the line I'd chosen.

"We couldn't believe it! It was too late to call Camelot so I kept the ticket on me all night until the morning but we didn't sleep a wink."

The couple, who have been together for four years, were planning to get married abroad next year so the windfall means they can now enjoy the wedding of their dreams - and a new engagement ring for Angela.

Mr Dawes is an avid Chelsea fan, having been a steward at the club in the past, so a season ticket is also on the shopping list. He said: "I'm not worried about getting a box - I want to stand with the real fans and watch my team play."

The winning line was a selection of randomly chosen numbers bought from WH Smith in Market Place in Wisbech. The winning EuroMillions numbers on Friday 7 were 18, 26, 34, 38, 42 and the Lucky Star numbers were 5 and 8.

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