Two couples from Teesside have scooped the one million pound prize in the EuroMillions - but they will have to wait to properly celebrate until one of the four winners is home.
Malcolm and Claire Sills, and Claire and Martin Tait, won the prize after they invested their winnings from a scratch card into the Tuesday draw.
However, Martin is currently working abroad and will not be home until next week, as his wife Claire explained:
– Claire Tait, lottery winner
“Martin works four weeks on and four weeks off in Nigeria, so he doesn’t return until next Friday. He calls regularly and we are very excited about the win but we haven’t had a chance to sit down yet and plan how we are going to spend it.”
Claire Sills told ITV about how the whole story had unfolded:
– Claire Sills, lottery winner
“It was Martin’s idea to use the money to buy an extra EuroMillions ticket for the Tuesday draw rather than just getting in another round of drinks. We’re all over the moon we followed his advice!
“I checked the ticket at Sainsbury’s and the lady said I had to call Camelot as they don’t pay out anything over £500. I thought we had won maybe a grand per couple, I cried when I found out it was actually £500,000 per couple! I just keep thinking this sort of thing doesn’t happen to people like me, it is still sinking in.”