Ipswich: Retired couple Richard and Cathy Brown join Suffolk’s lottery millionaires after £6m Lotto win

A retired Ipswich couple have cut short their 10-week sailing holiday to pick up their £6million lottery winnings - Suffolk’s second largest Lotto win ever.

Richard and Cathy Brown, formerly journalists at the EADT and Ipswich Star, scooped the £6,123,395 jackpot when their winning ticket matched all six numbers in the Lotto draw on Wednesday, May 29.

A National Lottery spokesman said it was the second-largest Lotto win in Suffolk – and the third-biggest lottery prize claimed in the county.

Haverhill couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford memorably shot to fame after becoming the second biggest ever winners of the Euromillions lottery jackpot in August 2012, bagging a cool £148.6m. Mr Bayford went back to work at the Suffolk Music Centre in Queen Street, Haverhill, which he co-owned before closing the shop in January after being bombarded with requests for money, it is believed.

A 10-strong syndicate of Tesco check-out workers in Sudbury claimed the biggest Lotto win in the county, sharing a lump some of £7.5million in September 2006.

Elsewhere in Suffolk, Pat and Stan Cable, who lived near Eye, scooped £3,980,528 in May 2008.

Christmas came home early for Lowestoft Asda check-out supervisor Sue Stebbings in December 2010, who celebrated a £5,629,964 share of the Lotto double rollover jackpot.

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Residents of Lowestoft also become instant millionaires thanks to the lottery on two other occasions. In July 2004, Graham Howlett won £2,248,000. His good fortune was mirrored by Stephanie Spindler who celebrated a £2,192,000 win in December 2006.

And today the Ipswich couple will celebrate joining the Suffolk millionaires with a cheque presentation. But they will have to forgo membership in to the Suffolk top 50 rich-list, though, with current number 50 pair James and Darren Threadwell sitting on a £10m kitty with their Felixstowe-based leisure operation Family Amusements.

In the past 19 years the National Lottery has created more than 3,000 millionaires.

According to a study by Camelot and Oxford Economics released last October, more than £8.5billion has been won since the National Lottery launched in 1994, with the average win standing at £2.8m. Most of the winners (59%) quit their job while 19% carried on working despite the massive income, the survey said.

The research also showed the average price of a winner’s favourite car is £46,116, while the USA proved the most favourite holiday destination for the millionaires, with 27% flying out across the pond.

The winning numbers for the lucky Ipswich couple were: 3, 5, 25, 33, 34, 35. The bonus number was 14.