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It was a wonderful phone call that shows we British really don't deserve our reputation for being all stiff upper lip and unable to show our emotions.

Euromillions bosses have released a special recording of Andy Garth when he found out he'd won a million.

Gregg Easteal reports.

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Million pound Lottery win for Washington couple

A factory worker and bingo supervisor from Tyne and Wear, who have won £1 million on the EuroMillions draw, said they had no plans to leave the jobs they loved.

Ian McCarthy and his wife Kim landed the windfall after their numbers were read out on the Christmas Day draw.

"I did not find out on Christmas Day because we had family round and we were celebrating.

So it was 10 days later when I was upstairs with my son and we were putting up a new TV bracket.

I remembered I had the ticket so I put the numbers in and it said you are a winner. I did it again, because I did not believe it, and then shouted my son in and we hugged each other."

– Ian McCarthy

He then went to the bingo hall where his wife was working and went up on stage to tell her the good news.

The couple, from Washington, who have never been abroad, are now the fourth Lottery winners from the North East in the last month.

"I said he was off his trolley and thought he was having me on.

I did not believe it until we went over to the supermarket and it said we had won.

I then went back to work because I wanted to finish my shift."

– Kim McCarthy

The couple, who have two sons and have been married for 21 years, said they only got their passports last year and their last holiday was to London.

They have played the Lottery all their lives and said they had no intention of stopping, even after their big win.

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Teesside workers win one million pounds

A syndicate of 19 shift-workers in Teesside are celebrating after sharing a one million pound lottery win.

The group from Sabic UK Petrochemicals at Wilton, will each take away £52,631.59 after they won one of 25 EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle prizes on New Year's Day.

Many workers were on the night shift when Andy Oates, one of the syndicate leaders, checked their lucky dip tickets and found they had won.

He waited until fellow syndicate leader David Byers had finished his shift the next day before ringing him to tell him the news, and warning him to sit down.

"I know it's cliched but I just couldn't believe it.

I was desperate to tell Dave first but I knew he was working and he wouldn't be able to keep it to himself."

– Andy Oates

"I thought it was bad news, that someone had died and I said, just tell me whatever it is, and he said we've won one million pounds on the lottery.

It's a great way to start the New Year.

It's a brilliant feeling."

– David Byers

Mr Oates then gathered the remaining syndicate members at work that night and broke the news, which was met with a stunned reaction by the plant technicians at first.

"There was absolute silence. I said could someone get excited? We have won one million pounds.

The next thing there was a massive roar."

– Andy Oates

Lighting strikes twice for lucky lotto winners

John and Karen Ord with their identical cheques Credit: ITV News

It was the misunderstanding that netted a Gateshead couple £200,000. John Ord & his wife Karen each bought a lottery ticket thinking the other would forget, using the same numbers as usual. It turned out to be the best mistake they've ever made when they both matched 5 numbers & the bonus ball

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