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Borders couple scoop £33m lottery rollover jackpot

A couple from the Scottish Borders are celebrating a £33 million lottery windfall.

David and Carol Martin, from Hawick, scooped half of the £66 million Lotto Jackpot last weekend.

David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate after winning half of Sunday's historic �66million Lotto jackpot. Picture by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate after winning half of Sunday's historic �66million Lotto jackpot. Picture by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The couple, both 54, revealed at a press conference yesterday they had not checked their ticket until Sunday morning.

David said they have yet to spend any of their prize money. He added their first purchase would likely be a first class plane ticket for their daughter Lisa to fly back from Australia to visit.

The couple, keen sports fans, also hope to attend the US Masters and Wimbledon in the future.

Remarkably, it wasn’t even the Martins first Lotto win of the week, having won a small amount in last Wednesday’s draw.

Mr Martin, who works for Borders Care and Repair which fits equipment for elderly and disabled people, said: “My mate Keith had popped over for a chat on Sunday morning when he mentioned that there had been two Lotto winners in the big rollover the night before.

“I hadn’t checked my ticket, so I removed it from the mantelpiece and thought I’d take a quick look but for some reason we couldn’t find the results in the paper. After Keith had left, Carol and I were tucking into bacon and black pudding rolls when we decided to check the ticket against the results on her phone.

“I had three lines, all Lucky Dip tickets, and as Carol called out the numbers, I realised that the first line matched up one by one. We must have checked it another ten times or more.

“I’ve dreamt of this moment many times but when it actually came, it was a just total shock.”