Couple toast big lottery win

CHAMPAGNE fizzed as a lucky couple today celebrated a snap decision that brought them a £76,756 Lotto bonanza.

CHAMPAGNE fizzed as a lucky couple today celebrated a snap decision that brought them a £76,756 Lotto bonanza.

George Beales was on his way home from work last Wednesday when he popped into his local Morrisons at Diss to use the cash point, and decided to have a flutter.

“I really can't explain what made me buy a ticket for the Wednesday draw because we normally only ever play on Saturday, and have done so ever since the national lottery started. And we use the same numbers every week,” he explained.

He and his wife Joyce, who live near Diss, were unaware of their win until the following evening when they checked the numbers.

And they simply could not believe they had matched five numbers and the bonus ball, even after looking up the results on Teletext.

Mr Beales said: “When I checked the numbers in the newspaper Joyce thought I had misread them, so we decided to go back to the shop and get them to check it for us.

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“It's probably the only time that I can genuinely say I was happy to have been in a supermarket twice in two days,”

Mrs Beales said she couldn't speak when the good news was confirmed.

“I kept telling him you've got it wrong, it can't be right and I still don't really believe it,” she said.

"We have got two sons and a little granddaughter who I am going to take shopping next week, and we are going to have a new kitchen, and bathroom.”

The break with tradition certainly paid dividends and they are really looking forward to renovating their house.

Asked whether they are going to continue doing the lottery, both chorused: “Yes, definitely”.

Mr Beales, who works for Skinner's Pet Foods, added: “And we will be doing it on Wednesdays now.”

The winning numbers on October 8 were 9, 13, 24, 25, 42, 48, and the bonus ball was 5.

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