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No dramas as 'boring' Lotto jackpot winners wait a week to bank £32m

Published 23/02/2016

Gerry Cannings and his wife Lisa from near Peterborough won a £32.5m rollover Lotto jackpot
Gerry Cannings and his wife Lisa from near Peterborough won a £32.5m rollover Lotto jackpot

A couple who scooped a £32.5 million rollover jackpot have said they may be the calmest Lotto winners ever after waiting a week to bank their windfall.

Gerry Cannings, 63, and his wife Lisa, 48, from Deeping St James, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, matched their numbers in the February 13 draw.

But after registering their winning ticket they decided to wait until the following Friday before cashing their cheque because they had decorators working on their home and were worried about having guests visit.

Mrs Cannings said: "We had dust sheets everywhere and literally didn't have anywhere for people to sit."

During the wait, Mr Cannings carried the ticket around in his wallet but said he was not worried about keeping it safe.

"It's just the way we are - we don't really worry about things or make a drama," he added.

"You could say we're a bit boring like that."

The couple had been visiting Mr Cannings's father, retired professional cricketer Victor Cannings, 96, in Slough when they decided to buy a ticket.

Mr Cannings had gone to buy a fish and chip supper on the Saturday night when he spotted a poster advertising the lottery jackpot, and chose the numbers 15, 16, 23, 39, 48 and 59.

They struggled to check the winning numbers that night so waited to look online the following morning.

Describing the moment he eventually realised, Mr Cannings said: "I said 'Bloody hell - we've got the whole lot'.

"I double-checked it, reading it forwards and backwards. It just didn't seem real but it looked right."

Mr Cannings, a retired history teacher at Deeping School, and Mrs Cannings, who teaches languages at Hampton College, Peterborough, have an 11-year-old son, Sam.

Mr Cannings has two sons, Tom, 34, and Andrew, 31, from a previous marriage, along with five grandchildren all aged under four.

The keen golfer said he planned to spend £2,999 on a flight in a Spitfire and the couple want to go on a tour of New Zealand.

They added they were keen not to spoil their children - even making Sam wait until his birthday in June to get the Xbox he has always wanted.

Mr Cannings said: "We will help them buy houses and make sure they are comfortable but we don't want money to take over their lives.

"We just want to carry on as boringly and normally as we always have."

They added they hoped to help charities, including the RNLI, which they have supported over the years.

Mrs Cannings said she took a sick day from work on Monday to prepare for the announcement and rang the school to break the news shortly before a press conference.

She sent a text message to all her friends and family saying: "Won the lottery jackpot! We are at Orton Hall for a press conference! Catch us on the news! Speak to you soon! OMG!."

She added she may not give up work but said: "All my marking is up to date."

The win places the couple second in the Lotto rich list, just behind last month's biggest ever winners, David and Carol Martin, and one other anonymous ticket holder, who both scooped £33 million.

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