British couple to spread £101m winnings

2011-10-11 22:49

Bishops's Stortford - A British couple who won £101m in the EuroMillions lottery said on Tuesday they would use the winnings to marry and make up to 20 friends and family millionaires.

Dave Dawes, a shift supervisor at a food producer, and his partner Angela Dawes, a charity shop volunteer, from Wisbech, eastern England, were the only winners of Britain's third-largest lottery jackpot, worth £101m.

In a press conference, Dave Dawes, 47, said the couple went into "meltdown" as they watched the draw live on television and realised their numbers had come up.

"It was just mad, I couldn't believe my eyes," he said. "We we were doing several checks that night: the TV, the website... I looked at [Angela] and said 'My god, we're the only ones!'"

The couple, who are not married although they have chosen to use the same name, had to wait until Monday for their win to be verified, but have already discussed how they will spend some of the money.

"My mum and dad live in Portugal so we’re going to buy a house over there, we’re going to get married next year - Dave already bought me an engagement ring but now we're going to buy a better one," Angela Dawes said.

Her partner, an avid fan of Chelsea, said one of his first purchases will be a season ticket for the team.

Sell one-bedroom flat

The couple are also looking to swap their one-bedroom flat for a luxury property close to the club's Stamford Bridge stadium in one of London's most exclusive districts.

The couple said they would also happily give away much of their newfound wealth.

Angela Dawes said the couple have drawn up a list of about 15 to 20 beneficiaries, which includes Dave Dawes' two grown-up sons from a previous relationship and her son from a previous relationship.

She said some of the benefactors had already been told and were "absolutely gobsmacked, amazed and in tears" at the news of their forthcoming windfall.

The couple also want to donate a portion of their winnings to charity, with children's causes set to benefit.

In July, another British couple, Colin Weir, 64, and his wife Chris, 55, from Largs, near Glasgow, were named Europe's biggest ever lottery winners, after scooping £162m in the EuroMillions jackpot.

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