Lottery pair almost changed numbers

Lottery winners Darren Morgan and Graham MuirA couple scooped the lottery jackpot after deciding it was too much hassle to change their numbers.

Darren Morgan, 36, and his partner Graham Muir, 47, who live in Dalkeith, Midlothian, had been playing the same numbers for five years and decided it was time for a change after registering only a few £10 wins.
They decided to play one more line using their old numbers because it would be an "inconvenience" to change their National Lottery fast pay card - a system which allows players to choose the same numbers every week without having to fill in any forms - before the weekend.

They ended up winning £856,640 when 18, 22, 25, 35, 39 and 41 all came up in the draw on Wednesday May 2.

Mr Morgan, who works as a customer adviser with the Bank of Scotland and is originally from South Wales, said: "We were so close to throwing in the towel on these numbers. Can you imagine how gutted we would have been if we had?

"Graham and I have a routine where I buy the ticket for Saturday's draw and he gets Wednesday's. We were all set to change the numbers but agreed that I would just do it over the weekend when we had more time. Thank God.

"Normally we watch the live draws. However on this occasion, we didn't watch it. It wasn't until later that evening I remembered to check the numbers, but my phone signal was down, so I waited until I was walking down the path for work the next day to quickly check the results.

"When I read the numbers I stopped dead in my tracks, turned on my heels and ran back into the house to ask Graham to double check them.

"On accepting that we had won, the first thing I did was call my boss to tell her I would be a little late as I had to call Camelot. She just shrieked and told me to take my time. As soon as I had made all the appropriate calls, I got myself organised and went to work."

He has ordered a new top-of-the range Range Rover but will still be getting the bus as it will take between four and six months to arrive. The winning ticket was bought at the Co-operative on Main Street, Newtongrange, in Dalkeith.

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Should anyone scoop the jackpot, their wealth will be slightly less than Europe's biggest Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire. The husband and wife made the headlines in July when they won £161,653,000, thanks to several rollovers.

Boasting 164 National Lottery millionaires, one in 14,211 North East residents has now banked a seven-figure jackpot prize. Winners Paul and Christine Goldie from Washington, near Sunderland, pocketed £3,581,481 after their numbers came up on Christmas Day last year.

The Millionaire Map, which includes both publicity and non-publicity winners, is based on the number of millionaires created per adult population. One man who did go public with his winnings was Wayne Hughes from Holyhead on Anglesey, north Wales. The shop worker scooped £1,117,779 last August and even had the winning numbers tattooed on his arm.

The region with the fewest millionaire jackpot winners was Northern Ireland, where only 53 seven-figure or more winners were created.

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