Couple win £1m for second time on the Euromillions

A couple from Scunthorpe have won £1m in the EuroMillions for the second time - beating odds of more than 283 billion to one.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 1st April 2015, 2:43 pm / Tom Maddick
Pictured David Long and Kathleen Mackenzie won £1,000,002.70 on the Euro Millions on Friday. David had thrown the winning ticket away before taking it from the in to cash in the £2 he believed he had won. / Tom Maddick RPYLotto Pictured David Long and Kathleen Mackenzie won £1,000,002.70 on the Euro Millions on Friday. David had thrown the winning ticket away before taking it from the in to cash in the £2 he believed he had won.

David and Kathleen Long, who won their first £1m in 2013, scooped the big money prize again on Friday night.

But Mr Long said he “just knew it would be my turn again some day” as the couple become the first people to win £1 million twice who have gone public.

The pair, then known as David Long and Kathleen MacKenzie, previously banked £1,000,000 in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw on Friday 26th July 2013.

Mr Long said: “I always knew I’d win, even the first time. I just had a feeling it was going to be me. I tend to play when I know there are lots of prizes on the go.”

“Last time I knew I had a good chance because there were 100 prizes of £1 million. Last Friday night I was passing the local shop and saw there were 10 £1 million prizes on EuroMillions and a nice car and thought yeah I’ll give that a go.”

“Got to be worth a few lines and I got five using my usual numbers.”

“On Saturday morning I sat down in front of our telly and started checking the numbers. On one line I’d matched two numbers and one star to get £7.20 and thought that’s all right.”

“Then I checked the raffle codes - something I’ve learnt to do automatically since winning last time. After a few moments I very calmly called Kath in and said ‘Have a look at this. It’s there. Look. Read that line’.”

Mr Long said his wife checked the television and went online, adding: “Then she went up right close to our television on the wall, put on her glasses and stared really hard at the raffle numbers. It seemed ages and then she finally said: ‘You said you’d do it again and you have!’ Everything has been a blur ever since.”

“It’s definitely taking longer to sink in this time!”

The couple also won a luxury car.

Two years ago, Mr Long, who was working as a HGV driver for a local transport business in Scunthorpe, nearly missed out on the big win altogether.

He thought he had won just £2.70 and with the ticket in the bin he nearly did not bother to claim the winnings.

At the last moment he decided to take the ticket out with him as he needed a newspaper.

“I had to fish the ticket out of the bin that time and found when I got to the shop that it was worth a heck of a lot more.”

“That win was fantastic and couldn’t have come at a better time. Times had been really tough and I had been really ill for three years, unable to work leading up to it.”

“I lasted three days at work and then took early retirement. We’ve had an amazing 18 months, have been able to treat the family, buy a new car and even finally get hitched - after being engaged for 12 years.”

“But I always told everyone that I’m gonna do it again. I just knew it would be my turn again some day. Now it has and we just can’t believe it,” he said.

Mr Long says he is not a fan of travelling abroad and hates the idea of flying, but he feels it is time to book a cruise.

“Kath and I had a fantastic wedding last year but we never took a honeymoon because I’m just not keen on the idea of flying. Kath would love me to book a Mediterranean cruise and I think I have just run out of excuses,” he joked.

And a hospital cleaner will go back to work tomorrow (Thursday 2nd April) despite winning more than £1m in the Euromillions draw on Friday.

Andrew Perkins, 25, from Sheffield, said he would return to work at the city’s Northern General Hospital, where he will be cleaning corridors, after scooping £1.15m during a few days holiday.

The Sheffield Wednesday fan, an only child who lives with his parents, said: “I don’t want to change because I have money now. I’m a quiet person and like simple things in life.

“I do enjoy my job - like all jobs they have their good and bad points but I don’t really want to give up work because I would get bored.”

Andrew, who said the most he had ever won before was £70, found he’d scooped the win on Saturday morning.

After triple checking his numbers he asked fiance Christina Maher to make sure his eyes weren’t playing tricks.

“I told Christina I’d won - she said: ‘How much about £3?’”

“I said: ‘I’ve won £1m. She said: ‘No, you haven’t.’ I said: ‘Check it’ and she did but she still wouldn’t believe it.”

“I put it into Internet code and it said contact the National Lottery and congratulations: ‘You’ve won.”

The win means he will be able to get his first foot on the property ladder and buy a house for him and his parents.

He is also planning to buy accessories for his Nikon camera, book a trip to Canada - his first foreign holiday and secure a Sheffield Wednesday season ticket.