Lottery couple 'not quitting work'

Ian and Kim McCarthyA factory worker and bingo supervisor, who won £1 million on the EuroMillions draw, have said they have no plans to leave the jobs they love.

Ian McCarthy, 48, and his wife Kim, 50, landed the windfall after their numbers were read out on the Christmas Day draw.
The couple, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, who have never been abroad, are now the fourth Lottery winners from the North East in the last month.

Mr McCarthy, who works for car manufacturer Nissan, said: "I did not find out on Christmas Day because we had family round and we were celebrating. So it was 10 days later when I was upstairs with my son and we were putting up a new TV bracket.

"I remembered I had the ticket so I put the numbers in and it said you are a winner. I did it again, because I did not believe it, and then shouted my son in and we hugged each other."

Mr McCarthy then went to the bingo hall where his wife was working and went up on stage to tell her the good news.

"I said he was off his trolley and thought he was having me on," said Mrs McCarthy. "I did not believe it until we went over to the supermarket and it said we had won.

"I then went back to work because I wanted to finish my shift."

The couple, who have two sons and have been married for 21 years, said they only got passports last year and their last holiday was to London.

They have played the lottery all their lives and said they had no intention of stopping, even after their big win.

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