A Hawick couple are celebrating a £33 million lottery windfall.
Husband and wife David and Carol Martin, both 54, were celebrating today after scooping half of the £66 million Lotto Jackpot.
David works at Borders Care and Repair. Carol works at Boots in Hawick.
The couple, who have been married for 28 years, are planning to retire as soon as possible and said they would love a new home in the country, local to where they live now, and a holiday home in the sun.
Mr Martin said: “It’s everyone’s dream to win the lottery. I’ve talked about winning and what I would do so many times. But now it’s actually here my mind’s gone blank.
“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.”
He is a keen golfer but has been unable to play for some months due to a heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation.
Mrs Martin added: “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.”
Their winning Lotto Jackpot ticket was bought from Morrisons in Hawick and the winning numbers were 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.
The massive jackpot of just over £66 million was the result of 14 rollovers.
New rules stipulated that once the amount went over £50 million it would have been shared between the next tier down of winners if no one matched all six numbers. The other ticket remains unclaimed.
The couple’s win has catapulted them to the top of the Lotto rich list, overtaking the previous biggest Lotto winners, Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner, who shared a £22.5 million jackpot in 1995.