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Couple 'can't believe' second lottery win

A UK couple who have won £1 million in the EuroMillions for the second time "just can't believe it".

David and Kathleen Long from Scunthorpe when they won their first £1 million in 2013

David and Kathleen Long from Scunthorpe, who won their first £1 million in 2013, scooped the big money prize again on Friday night, beating odds of more than 283 billion to one.

But Mr Long said he "just knew it would be my turn again some day" as the couple become the first people to win £1 million twice who have gone public.

The pair, then known as David Long and Kathleen MacKenzie, previously banked £1,000,000 in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw on Friday July 26 2013.

Mr Long said: "I always knew I'd win, even the first time. I just had a feeling it was going to be me. I tend to play when I know there are lots of prizes on the go.

"Last time I knew I had a good chance because there were 100 prizes of £1 million. Last Friday night I was passing the local shop and saw there were 10 £1 million prizes on EuroMillions and a nice car and thought yeah I'll give that a go.

"Got to be worth a few lines and I got five using my usual numbers.

"On Saturday morning I sat down in front of our telly and started checking the numbers. On one line I'd matched two numbers and one star to get £7.20 and thought that's all right.

"Then I checked the raffle codes - something I've learnt to do automatically since winning last time. After a few moments I very calmly called Kath in and said 'Have a look at this. It's there. Look. Read that line'."

Mr Long said his wife checked the television and went online, adding: "Then she went up right close to our television on the wall, put on her glasses and stared really hard at the raffle numbers. It seemed ages and then she finally said: 'You said you'd do it again and you have!' Everything has been a blur ever since.

"It's definitely taking longer to sink in this time!"

Double lottery winners named as David and Kathleen Long

The couple who beat odds of 283 billion to one by winning £1 million twice in the lottery EuroMillions have been named as David and Kathleen Long.

The Scunthorpe blondes became millionaires in July 2013 before a repeat seven-figure jackpot win this year.

David and Kathleen Long with their two £1 million cheques. Credit: PA/Camelot/Tom Maddick
The couple celebrated scooping their first £1 million in July 2013. Credit: PA/Camelot
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Scunthorpe couple win the lottery for a second time

A couple from Scunthorpe have won £1 million in the EuroMillions for the second time - beating odds of more than 283 billion to one.

Credit: Press Association

The pair, who scooped the big money prize on Friday night, won their first £1 million within the last two years.

They are the first people to win £1 million twice who have gone public and are expected to reveal themselves later.

A UK ticketholder who won the £53 million EuroMillions jackpot is yet to claim the prize.

This is an extraordinary situation where somebody's been fortunate enough to win twice.

As you can imagine, we see winners who win once who are very, very shocked. It must be even more shocking to win twice.

– Camelot spokesman


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– A National Lottery spokesman

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