£1m Lottery winners to splash out on new lawnmower

£1m Lottery winners to splash out on new lawnmower

A couple in England plan to celebrate winning £1m on the UK's National Lottery by buying a new lawnmower.

Geoff and Judith Coombes, from Sarisbury Green in Southampton, Hampshire, play Lotto every Saturday and won the prize on the Lotto Millionaire Raffle.

Mr Coombes, a self-employed exhibition stand builder, said: "I really need a new lawnmower. I had been putting off getting one but now I don't have to worry about it and will pick one up at the weekend."

The 64-year-old added that the win would mean that he and his 62-year-old wife would be able to retire without money troubles.

He said: "This means a hell of a lot to us. We've always worked hard but neither of us have a private pension so we would have had to be very careful with our money when we retired.

"Now, we can just relax and enjoy life, spending time with our daughters and grandsons."

He said that they were now planning exotic holidays to the Caribbean and Australia as well to build a new conservatory on their home, buy a Southampton FC season ticket as well as a new car.

Mr Coombes said: "I currently drive a work van so Judith was worried that when I retired we'd be sharing a car. She's very pleased that it won't come to that now."

The couple, who have been married for 42 years and have two daughters and two grandsons, said that when they received an email notifying them of the win, they thought it was a hoax.

Mr Coombes said: "We go out every Saturday night and I always check our numbers as soon as we get home. Last Saturday was no different, I saw we hadn't matched any of the six so I thought nothing more of it until I had an email the following day telling me there was 'news about my ticket'.

"When I logged on, I couldn't believe it. I just kept counting zeros to make sure I had it right. Judith thought it was a hoax."

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