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LOTTERY WINNERS PLEDGE TO LOOK AFTER FRIENDS

16-Feb-2010

The following article was released on Skynews

3:22pm UK, Monday February 15, 2010, Emma Rowley, Sky News Online
The winners of Britain's biggest ever lottery prize have pledged to look after their friends and family. Nigel Page and his partner Justine Laycock, who live near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, told of their plans after deciding to go public about their mammoth £56m win.

Mr Page's winning ticket shared Friday's overall EuroMillions jackpot of £113m with one other, which was bought in Spain.

Speaking at a press conference, Ms Laycock, 41, said: "It's so strange as I'd been out the night before with friends and I'd bought a ticket as well.

"We'd been talking about what we thought would happen if you won.

"I joked that the machine would explode, smoke would come out from it with ticker tape and glitter and six gold-painted Egyptian men would come out and carry me off. It was slightly different!"

We've got a lovely long list of people we're going to help and make their lives so much more comfortable

Lottery winner Justine Laycock

Mr Page, 43, was left shaking and speechless after checking his numbers online and woke his partner of eight years to break the news.

Ms Laycock said: "All he said was, 'I need you urgently, I need to show you something'.

"I thought something awful had happened but he took me to the computer. There it was on the screen.

"His hands were shaking so much he couldn't pick up the phone so I called the lottery line and they confirmed it was true. We were the £56 million winners."

 

Euromillions winners Nigel Page and Justine Haycock

Nigel Page gives his partner Justine Laycock a celebratory kiss

She went on: "We've got a lovely long list of people we're going to help and make their lives so much more comfortable.

"We couldn't have wished for this. It's amazing. We are going to utilise this 100%. We have family and friends who are very close and we are going to sort them out."

Mr Page, who runs a property maintenance business, and Ms Laycock, an estate agent, have three children from previous relationships - Mr Page's daughter Ella, 12, and Ms Laycock's son and daughter, Jacob, 11, and Georgia, 15.

The couple said they celebrated hitting the jackpot with a breakfast of bacon butties at the cafe in their local Waitrose, while they waited for the Camelot adviser to arrive.

Neither intends to return to work.

Matthew Fuller, Ms Laycock's boss at estate agency Cain and Fuller, said she phoned him on Sunday lunchtime to tell him the news.

"She said: 'You'll never guess what but I've won the Lottery,'" he recalled.

"The second line of the conversation was: 'I won't be in on Monday'."

 

Tarantula

A tarantula - a winning pet?

Mr Page, a keen skydiver, is considering keeping himself busy by building "a wind tunnel so I can have a play in that".

Meanwhile the couple's children have been talking about potential new pets - a pony and a tarantula.

The jackpot surpasses the £91m paid out in November last year which was shared between two UK tickets.

Les Scadding and wife Sam, from south Wales, and the Lucky Seven syndicate, from Liverpool, who both banked a cheque for £45.5m, now stand in joint second place on the National Lottery's Rich List.

Based on figures released when the Sunday Times Rich List was published last April, Mr Page and his partner will be wealthier than Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher (£52m), film director Guy Ritchie (£50m) and actor Sir Michael Caine (£45m).

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Posted by Cletus (18/02/2010)

IF I WIN ANY TIME FUL- FILL MY GRAND MAA DREAM HER DREAM WAS TO OPEN HOMEFORAGE FOR ONLY OLD PERSON IN NAGPUR ( INDIA )


Posted by Gesina (20/02/2010)

WELL DONE TO THE COUPLE, THEY WELL DESERVE THE MONEY, THEY ARE HELPING OTHERS AS WELL. IF I WIN I WILL HELP MY TWIN BROTHER THAT SUFFERS WITH CANCER, AND HE HAS LOST EVERY THING. HE WAS A HARD WORKING MAN. (SOUTH AFRICA)


Posted by Lorinne W. (21/02/2010)

It's good to see hard working average folk win and not stuck-up snobs who don't need it. I wouldn't return to work either-let your money work for you...the interest alone will take care of you. I'm not jealous in the least because my turn is coming-SOON!!!


Posted by Nibedita (26/02/2010)

If i win jackpot i will everybody surrounding to me. That is my dream. If God wish than only i can fulfil my dream. Nibedita ( 26.02.2010 )


Posted by Sherif (24/03/2010)

very decent & special couple , they deserve this money as they have good intentions for people around them and to make other people happy,Sherif - Egypt


Posted by Surendran (28/03/2010)

I GOT PLENTY OF MESSAGES ABOUT WINNING AWARD NOTIFICATION BUT I DID NOT GET NOTHING YET. ONE AWARD WINNING FROM SWEEPSTAKES. I TRY TO RECEIVE MY AMOUNT AND PAID RUPEES 258000 FOR NONRESIDENTIAL TAX CODE VIA HSBC BANK TRIVANDRUM. HSBC BANK CHEATED ME SO I TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAIST HSBC AND HSBC BANK MANAGER. NOW I ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHEATERS ALIVE IN INDIA BEWARE CHEATERS ,THE CHEATERS DISTROYE THE GOOD NAME OF FOREIGNERS. SURENDRAN.P 03-27-2010


Posted by Alice (16/04/2010)

i i win jackpoat, i wil build my mother a very nice mansionete and i will keep her in good condition until she leaves this world, i love her so much but there is nothing i can do to show her, she is a single mother


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