Retired couple’s joy at £1.2million lottery win

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A COUPLE are all smiles after they scooped £1.2million on the National Lottery.

Grandparents Railston and Violet Watkins, from Whitburn, are looking forward to a holiday in America after their six numbers came up in last Wednesday’s draw.

Retired plumber Mr Watkins, 68, said the couple will also spend some of their winnings on their four children and 10 grandchildren.

He said: “What a lovely feeling. It is absolutely fantastic and a feeling I would like every parent and grandparent to have.

“We were watching the Lottery live last Wednesday, as we always do, and we couldn’t believe it when the numbers came up.”

Mr Watkins, who enjoys spending time in his allotment, said he and his wife will not move house, and will remain in Whitburn.

He said: “I was born and bred here, we have a lovely house and we want to stay here.

“Winning the Lottery is great, but it won’t change us.”

The couple bought their winning ticket from Shirley’s Convenience Store, on East Street, Whitburn.

Mrs Watkins, 65, said: “It has not sunk in yet. I was jumping all over, thinking that I had to phone someone.

“The reaction from friends and family has been lovely.”