London, PAA – When David and Carol Martin won STG33 million ($A68.2 million) in the UK lottery the first person they called to share the news was their 26-year-old daughter, Lisa, who lives in Australia.
Lisa was initially worried her parents had phoned to pass on bad news.
‘Then we told her we’ve just won $68 million in Australian dollars,’ Mr Martin said on Wednesday.
‘She couldn’t believe it and thought we were pulling her leg.’
The family have not been together for more than a year but now the Martins have offered to pay Lisa’s plane fare home and they hope to be reunited at the weekend.
David and Carol, 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 catapulted them to the top of the Lotto rich list.
They 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 revealing 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.’
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 STG200. 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) STG50,000 we’d have been doing cartwheels in the living room.’
The pair decided to go public about their win after concluding it would be ‘impossible’ to keep it a secret.
‘You can’t hide STG30 million,’ Mr Martin said.
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 STG66 million was the result of 14 rollovers. The other ticket remains unclaimed.