One lucky couple nabbed a £1 million lottery win on their first wedding anniversary. Now, they’re planning a new life in Spain.
Martin Brandist, 54, and wife Debbie, 48, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, plan to splurge on a dream holiday home in Lanzarote in the Canaries after striking the jackpot.
Their lucky dip Lotto win matched the five primary numbers as well as the bonus ball in the September 18 draw.
The pair, who have a combined three grown children together, intend to spend New Years celebrating at Disneyland Paris.
Mr. Brandist has quit his job being an NHS manager following their £1 million win.
Mrs. Brandist danced around the bedroom “jigging about everywhere” after examining the winning figures the morning following the draw.
The pair, whose children are 23, 19, and 14, want their “own little devote Lanzarote”, with Mr. Brandish traveling to the Canaries to begin the home search.
He stated: “We are able to live our dream and venture out there several times a year, possibly even spend winters there – and our relatives may use it too.
“Debbie has been learning the language for some time, and someday soon, we’d like to move to Lanzarote full-time.”
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Mr. Brandist has additionally treated them to a Volkswagen T-Roc Sports utility vehicle, replacing his old Toyota Yaris.
His wife continues to be on the clothes-shopping spree. They also plan to pay off their mortgage and treat their children.
Mr. Brandist has been playing the National Lottery for 25 years, always with “exactly the same figures”, but a free lucky dip earned the pair their prize.
Mr. Brandist said, “In a daze, I dashed into the bedroom to ask Debbie to scan the ticket on her phone and unbelievably it came up with the same message, congratulating us.
“At that point, I was just standing there in shock, my face went white and my mouth was agape.”
He added: “I’ve played the National Lottery since it started 25 years ago, with the same numbers made up of special birthdays and house numbers, but I never dreamt this would happen to us. It’ll make such a difference to us and our families.”
He exchanged a totally free Lucky Dip for a try at the Wednesday draw to earn the £1million win.
They announced their win after celebrating their first anniversary on Sunday.
A version of this story originally appeared here.
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