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The neighbour of the biggest ever Lottery winners in Britain won his own lottery windfall in ten years earlier.

David and Carol Martin discovered on Sunday morning that they had won half of the £66million Lotto prize money – catapulting them to the top of the Lotto rich list.

The couple, both 54,  have won a cool £33 million dollars and revealed to the Daily Mail that they stared at each other silently for a full five minutes in shock trying to take their win in.  They then had lots of cups of tea and later phoned their 26-year-old daughter Lisa, who is currently working in Australia, to tell her the good news.

Carol, who works at a local Boots chemist, said: ‘We just kept looking at each other and going “No, it canna be”.’

David, a mechanic and handyman, told the Daily Mail that he had some initial plans for some of the money:

“buy myself a nice pair of £200 brogues [shoes]’, a range rover and an automatic car for his wife.”

Meanwhile, it emerged that the Martins were not the first residents on their street to taste lottery success.

Next-door neighbour Brian Nichol, a computer operations officer, was part of a work syndicate who scooped half a million pounds on the lottery in 2002.

However, Brian only won 9,400 by the time all members of the syndicate were paid, which certainly pales in comparison to his neighbours’ lucky windfall.

Brain told the Daily Mail that “the couple were lovely people who deserved to win – but said they lived so quietly that he hadn’t even heard a peep of celebration from their home.”

‘You’d have never known though, I’ve not heard any screaming from their house. They’re pretty quiet people and don’t go out too much, but David is a keen golfer down at the course.  I’m very happy for their good fortune.”

The Martins said at a press conference today that another of their first purchases will be a first-class ticket home for their 26-year-old daughter Lisa, who is working for a recruitment company in Australia.

The family have not been together for more than a year but the couple have offered to pay the plane fare home as soon as Lisa can arrange it.

The husband and wife said they hoped to be reunited at the weekend so that they can begin planning their futures at their ‘ordinary’ home.

David also revealed he was keen to help flood victims battered by recent storms, while on a personal note he spoke about going to a number of live sporting events.

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  • What, what a lucky street! I don’t know what I’d do if I found out I’d won that much. Probably go into shock, too. I hope they don’t attract any robbers or anything. I do wonder what happens when people win lots of money and it’s made public. If I won, I wouldn’t want anyone to know unless I told them.

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  • Awesome. Good for them although, if ever won that much money I wouldn’t tell any one. I’m sure they will have a lot of users trying to take their money away.

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  • fantastic. I hope they make the trip to Australia to see their daughter too, to see where she lives and her new life.

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  • What a huge winning! I wish they’d give me some!!! ;-)

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  • oh wow that is amazing! what a life changer! lucky people

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  • Wow, what an awesome win!
    If I won that much, I would pay off our house, my brothers house and buy my youngest brother a house, upgrade my parents place, shout all my family a great big holiday, put away enough for my daughter to have a comfortable life and then make some donations. $33 mill is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much for one person/couple. Wouldn’t it be nice though….

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  • Lke hg

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  • Good on them. If I ever win I would be happy with enough to pay off our house, bills in advance and put enough away for the kids future.

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  • Congratulations to the lucky couple and their daughter.

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  • Congrats to them on their win.

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  • I hope others leave them alone to enjoy and take in their win. Nothing like going public as they have done and then being harassed by greedy and nosey people/opportunistic organisations.

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  • Amazing! Good on them, it would be wonderful!

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