Borders Couple Scoop Half of £66 Million National Lottery Jackpot

January 13, 2016

A couple from the Scottish Borders has scooped half of an enormous £66 million National Lottery jackpot to become multimillionaires overnight.

David and Carol Martin from the Borders town of Hawick were named as holders of a winning ticket in relation to Saturday’s draw and were duly issued with a cheque for £33,035,323.

The couple told reporters during a press conference in a hotel near Edinburgh that they needed to repeatedly check that the numbers on their ticket matched those drawn on Saturday before they started to believe just how lucky they had been.

“We were both stunned into silence,” David Martin said of the moments after he and his wife realised they’d hit the jackpot. “We kept re-checking the numbers as we thought there must be a mistake.”

David has been working for Borders Care and Repair, which helps elderly and disabled people have specialist equipment fitted into their homes, for the past eight years and has been married to Carol for 28 years.

The couple has said that they are intending to reunite with their daughter, who currently lives in Australia, in the coming days to start planning for their future.

Their daughter, Lisa, 26, apparently thought her parents were “pulling her leg” when first they called to tell her that they’d just won in excess of £33 million.

Early retirement now looks likely for David and for his wife Carol, who has worked in a local chemist in Hawick for most of her working life.

Despite having scooped a phenomenal sum of money, the Martins are not the biggest lottery winners Scotland has ever had, with Colin and Christine Weir from North Ayrshire having won an incredible £161.6 million back in 2011.

The Weirs landed their prize on the EuroMillions lottery and recently invested some of their fortune into their beloved Partick Thistle Football Club, becoming part owners of the ‘Jags’ in the process.

Unfortunately, we can’t all be lottery winners. If your personal finances are giving you sleepless night then Scotland Debt Solutions could help. Call us directly to arrange a free consultation with a debt management expert near you.



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