Washington pensioner Doreen ‘danced like Michael Flatley’ after £2.4million lottery win

Fred and Doreen Smith celebrate their lottery win.
Fred and Doreen Smith celebrate their lottery win.
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DESPITE two hip replacements pensioner Doreen Smith was “dancing like Michael Flatley” when she discovered her £2.4million National Lottery win.

The 71-year-old Washington OAP did her own version of Riverdance after scooping the jackpot.

Husband Fred, also 71, just thought the couple had won a tenner when they returned home after enjoying a few drinks at his grandson’s wedding.

Before going to bed, he remembered to check his numbers.

But, as he struggled to focus on his ticket, it slowly became clear that they had in fact won the big one.

Now, Fred and Doreen are set to have their lives changed forever.

Former navy officer Fred, of Glebe, said: “I turned on the TV to check our numbers before I went to bed.

“A few numbers caught my eye and I remember thinking we might have won a tenner.

“I’d had a few drinks so I had difficulty focusing on number 49 but I soon realised we had all six numbers!”

It was then that he alerted his wife, who is in remission from breast cancer and has also had two hip replacements and a knee replacement, that their lives were set to change.

Fred added: “I shouted to my wife that we’d got six numbers, but she thought I was winding her up.

“So I shouted up to my son who staying over who came and had a look - only then did Doreen take me seriously.

“She’s had two hip replacements but as soon as she saw I was telling the truth, she was dancing like Michael Flatley.”

Fred and Doreen say they have played the Lottery since it was launched in 1994.

Black Cats fan Fred also said: “Only now is it getting real.”

With their new-found wealth, Fred and Doreen say they will enjoy spending money on their four children, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Their priority is to buy a bungalow, as Doreen, a former care worker, finds it hard to get around following her health problems.

“We are thinking about getting a holiday time home in Benidorm,” said Fred.

“It was a toss-up between that or a caravan in Skegness.”

Commenting on the news that Tuesday night’s £166million Euromillions winner is a UK resident, Fred said: “We will be feeling like them at the minute but we still put a ticket on for it.”

They bought Saturday’s winning ticket from Martin’s Newsagent, in Washington.

The lucky numbers were 1, 2, 21, 24, 33, 49 and the bonus number 39.

The Smiths’ win is the second time in seven months a couple from Washington have claimed a multimillion pound jackpot.

In December, grandparents Paul and Christine Goldie got the best Christmas present ever when they landed £3.5million on the Christmas Day Lotto draw.

Plumber Paul and nursing home carer Christine won big after playing with the same set of randomly-selected numbers for six years.

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