Third time lucky for lottery win

Jim and Maureen EmertonIt's third time lucky for Nottinghamshire as another set of lottery jackpot winners from the region spoke of their shock at banking more than £4 million.

Jim Emerton, 56, and his wife Maureen, 55, from Carlton in Nottingham, scooped a £4,449,039 prize after matching all six numbers in Saturday's Lotto draw.

The region has had its fair share of good luck this year - on January 20 Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Mansfield, banked £40,627,241, while Cassey Carrington and Matt Topham, both 22 and from Stapleford, took home a cool £45,160,170.50 after winning on February 7.

The couple said they thought the win was an elaborate April Fool's joke when they checked their ticket on April 1.

Mr Emerton said he thought they had a "trick ticket".

He said: "When we checked the numbers and our ticket again on Sunday morning, we remembered it was April 1, so we thought it was an April Fool's joke."

Asked how they felt about living in such a lucky county, Mr Emerton said: "It is strange. We were talking about this the other week, the EuroMillions being in England all the time, and we thought that was strange.

"I've been told, I didn't realise, that Nottingham is very lucky. That's good for me."

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