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Friend's phone call revealed lottery winner's jackpot joy

By Karrie Gillett

Published 29/04/2015

Celebration: Philip yesterday
Celebration: Philip yesterday

A lottery jackpot winner said yesterday he only found out he had scooped almost £8m when a friend phoned him.

Philip Dunning (44) and partner Gina Meikle (45) have played the same Lotto numbers each week since they met 11 years ago.

They did not watch Saturday's draw but friend Sandra Easton (45) had checked for them and called to reveal they had won £7,864,529.

Mr Dunning, a shift manager, near Falkirk in Scotland, said a new car and a house were the first items on their shopping list.

He said: "We decided on an early night because we were both due at work on the Sunday. When the phone started ringing at 9.30pm we got quite annoyed.

"Neither of us slept that night."

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