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A bloke who couldn’t pick his usual lottery numbers because he’d forgotten his glasses when he went to the shops is £116,124 better off today because of the Lucky Dip ticket he bought instead.
Denis Fawsitt, 80, normally uses family birthdays for his weekly EuroMillions numbers but, because he’d left his specs at home, let the random number generator determine his fate instead.
But that moment of forgetfulness paid off when he scooped £116,124 by matching five numbers and one Lucky Star number in the draw on March 16.
Denis and his wife Ann, 75, of Hatton, Derbyshire, are now planning to treat themselves to a house and garden makeover following their win.
The former builder and coalminer said: "I realised I had forgotten my glasses and tried to pick my numbers, but I just couldn't.
"I went to pay for my papers and asked the lady behind the counter for a Lucky Dip. It turned out to be one of my best decisions ever.
"After what happened in the newsagent, I had this funny feeling we were going to win.
"I said to my wife Ann that evening that I felt we were going to win big."
The next morning Denis went to get his daily newspapers and asked staff to check his ticket and he was told to call Camelot because he'd won a large amount of money.
Denis called his daughter Sally in disbelief as soon as he got home, asking her to pop in on her way to work to check the ticket for him.
He added: "I always go early for my papers, around 7:15am.
"When I called Sally she thought I was being silly and had probably got things mixed up, especially as I told her I had forgotten my glasses.
"But I was right, I had won but because it was still only 7:30am we had to wait until The National Lottery hotline opened at 9am to call and check.
"Sally went to work and explained to her boss that she needed to pop back for a family emergency at 9am.
When the win was confirmed, "we all went into shock," he said.
Ann said there was no dancing around the house or champagne popping when they learnt of their win.
She joked: "Not at our age, especially with Denis' bad back. Denis had a drop of whisky and I had a small sherry.
"We then put the lucky winning ticket in the living room cabinet for safekeeping before the people from The National Lottery were able to validate the ticket.
"When the win was confirmed, we did have a glass or two of fizz, and when this horrible Covid has gone away and it's safe we'll have a big family party to celebrate."
In the meantime, the couple are planning a house and garden makeover.
Ann wants to redecorate and is also looking to get a new electric cooker and a new foam mattress. Denis has his eye on a new TV.
She added: "This win means that we now don't have to worry about money.
"We can treat ourselves to a few nice things but, most importantly, give a lot to the family.
"We've had our time, it's theirs now this money will help them more than us."
The winning EuroMillions numbers for the draw on Tuesday, March 16 were 23, 25, 32, 35, 47 and the two Lucky Stars numbers were 2 and 6.
- National Lottery
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