Hawick couple David and Carol Martin, both aged 54 , plan to take early retirement as soon as possible after being revealed as the winners of the biggest-ever Lottery pay-out in the UK.
The couple scooped a whopping £33M as their half share of Saturday night’s historic jackpot.
At a packed press conference this morning, the couple said they both plan to take early retirement as soon as possible. David works for Borders care and repair while his wife works at a local chemist.
Their first purchase will be a first-class flight home from Australia for their daughter, who was the first person they called.
After being presented with their massive cheque, David said it had bee a huge shock and a surreal few days but pledged it might change their lives but not them.
“We basically sat in stunned silence for about five minutes after checking our numbers on Sunday,” said David. “If we’d won £50,000 we’d have been dancing round the living room but this amount was so big we were literally stunned into silence.”
The couple would not be drawn on whether they would remain in Hawick, but said trips to the Augusta golf championship in the USA and Wimbledon were top of the list.
“And I’d like an automatic car as I always get stuck at the top of the hill near us in Hawick,” she laughed.
Asked if they would be sharing some of the money, David said: “Well be looking to friends and family.”
And in a parting shot to the ranks of the press, David, who has had health problems in the past, quipped the name of his home town was pronounced ‘Hawick’ and not ‘Howick’. “Just before anyone says anything,” he laughed.
David and Carol won the jackpot with the numbers 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.
The owner of the other winning ticket is yet to come forward, and has until 7 July to come forward.