Monday 23 October 2017

Lottery pair almost changed numbers

Graham Muir, left, and Darren Morgan celebrating their Lotto jackpot win in Edinburgh (Rob McDougall/Camelot/PA)
Graham Muir, left, and Darren Morgan celebrating their Lotto jackpot win in Edinburgh (Rob McDougall/Camelot/PA)

A couple scooped the lottery jackpot after deciding it was too much hassle to change their numbers.

Darren Morgan, 36, and his partner Graham Muir, 47, who live in Dalkeith, Midlothian, had been playing the same numbers for five years and decided it was time for a change after registering only a few £10 wins.

They decided to play one more line using their old numbers because it would be an "inconvenience" to change their National Lottery fast pay card - a system which allows players to choose the same numbers every week without having to fill in any forms - before the weekend.

They ended up winning £856,640 when 18, 22, 25, 35, 39 and 41 all came up in the draw on Wednesday May 2.

Mr Morgan, who works as a customer adviser with the Bank of Scotland and is originally from South Wales, said: "We were so close to throwing in the towel on these numbers. Can you imagine how gutted we would have been if we had?

"Graham and I have a routine where I buy the ticket for Saturday's draw and he gets Wednesday's. We were all set to change the numbers but agreed that I would just do it over the weekend when we had more time. Thank God.

"Normally we watch the live draws. However on this occasion, we didn't watch it. It wasn't until later that evening I remembered to check the numbers, but my phone signal was down, so I waited until I was walking down the path for work the next day to quickly check the results.

"When I read the numbers I stopped dead in my tracks, turned on my heels and ran back into the house to ask Graham to double check them.

"On accepting that we had won, the first thing I did was call my boss to tell her I would be a little late as I had to call Camelot. She just shrieked and told me to take my time. As soon as I had made all the appropriate calls, I got myself organised and went to work."

He has ordered a new top-of-the range Range Rover but will still be getting the bus as it will take between four and six months to arrive. The winning ticket was bought at the Co-operative on Main Street, Newtongrange, in Dalkeith.

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