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£33m lottery winners keen to help victims of floods

Published 13/01/2016

David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot.
David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic £66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A husband and wife who scooped £33 million on the lottery are considering using some of their winnings to help victims of the recent floods - and to buy a new pair of shoes.

A "stunned" David and Carol Martin, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, are celebrating after winning half of the UK's biggest-ever Lotto jackpot in Saturday's draw.

The couple's win has also catapulted them to the top of the Lotto rich list.

They have admitted the massive sum "will certainly change" their lives as they were unveiled as the winners at a hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

As well as unveiling details of some initial spending plans, and their hopes for an early retirement, they hinted they may look to help some of those affected by the floods which hit the UK recently.

Their "tight-knit" hometown was among the places affected by the flood damage when the River Teviot burst its banks.

Mr Martin said: "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."

Mr Martin did not elaborate on the idea at the press conference but told reporters: "It's not just Hawick affected by the floods, it's the whole of the country. When you see the damage, it's horrible."

On the couple's spending wish-list is a new home in the country, local to where they live now; a holiday home in the sun and a Range Rover.

Mr and Mrs Martin - self-confessed sports fans - also spoke of their desire to get to certain events around the world, including golf's Masters at Augusta and the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Mr Martin is also planning a new addition to his wardrobe.

He said: "When you see on the telly, it's 'the car, the house'. But everybody's at a level that they are spending at.

"It sounds stupid but (I'd like) just a nice pair of shoes, a pair of brogues at £200. It sounds really, really stupid but it's just how it is. It will take a little while to sink in, to be honest."

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

Mr Martin, who works for Borders Care and Repair which helps elderly and disabled people fit equipment in their homes, said: "I've dreamt of this moment many times but when it actually came, it was a just total shock.

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

Once the silence between them was broken, they drank "lots of hot tea" and tried to make sense of it all.

Mrs Martin, who works in a local chemist, told reporters: "We just kept looking at each other and going 'No, it canna be'."

Her husband added: "I remember Carol said to me, 'What have we done?' That's the enormity of it. (With) £50,000 we'd have been doing cartwheels in the living room."

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

She became immediately worried, initially assuming her parents had phoned her to pass on bad news.

"Then we told her we've just won 68 million in Australian dollars," Mr Martin said. "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 and they hope to be reunited at the weekend.

The couple also told of their relief that they could finally talk about their massive win with friends and colleagues.

Mrs Martin said her workmates were "excited" for her and had guessed that something was up.

"(It was) just phoning in sick. They know that I'm never sick, so they thought there was something going on," she added.

The couple, who have been married for 28 years, are now planning to retire as soon as possible.

The pair decided to go public about their win after concluding it would be "impossible" to keep it a secret.

"You can't hide £30 million," Mr Martin said.

He said the large sum "will certainly change our lives" but admitted: "We were happy without the money."

His wife said she hopes the win will not change them as people.

Mr Martin is a keen golfer but has been unable to play for some months due to a heart condition called atrial fibrillation.

Mrs Martin said: "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."

Mr Martin agreed that his health problems have put the win into perspective.

He said: "There's a famous saying, your health is your wealth. You can't do anything if you're not fit or able to appreciate the £30 million."

The couple said they have yet to decide on the "big question" of whether they will stay in Hawick or not.

Mr Martin said: "It's a great place to live, Hawick. It's had troubles over the last little while, redundancies etc, but the people in general are really nice.

"It's a big decision but I can't answer that at this time."

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

The total jackpot of just over £66 million was the result of 14 rollovers. The other ticket remains unclaimed.

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