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Retired couple win £1.2 million on Lottery

Retired couple scoop £1.2 million on Lottery Photo: Tyne Tees

A retired couple from South Tyneside who won £1.2 million on the National Lottery are to splash out - on a new lawnmower.

Railston and Violet Watkins watched last Wednesday's jackpot draw live on television and were stunned to see all six of their numbers come up.

The former plumber and his wife, who teaches line-dancing, will share their huge win with their four children and 10 grandchildren, who live within four miles of their semi-detached house overlooking the North Sea in Whitburn.

Mr Watkins, who believes his first name is unique, is a keen allotment gardener and was dismayed on the morning of the lottery win to find his old mower had broken.

Couple pose with their giant cheque Credit: ITV

At a news conference in South Shields, he said: "The lady from Camelot asked 'What's the first thing you want to buy' and I said a lawnmower."

Watching their numbers - which they have played since the Lottery began - be drawn out live left the couple thinking they were dreaming.

Mr Watkins, who retired early following a heart bypass operation in 2000, said: "You more or less try to convince yourself it is right.

"You pinch yourself and think 'I'm dreaming'. It doesn't sink in straight away. It's not a feeling I can explain, it's like a numbness."

The couple, who have been married for 45 years, will buy their council house and have no intention of moving from the area.

Spraying champagne Credit: ITV