Norwich couple scoop £1m on the Lottery, joining these past winners from the region

14:39 12 December 2014

Lowestoft lotto winner Jean Swatman.

Lowestoft lotto winner Jean Swatman.

A couple from Norwich are fast-tracking their retirement plans after winning £1m - and a luxury holiday to Peru - in the EuroMillions Mega Friday Lottery draw.

Michael Carroll.Michael Carroll.

The couple will speak out about their dream winter windfall - including how the ticket-holder failed to tell his wife the good news for almost a week after the November 28 draw as he thought it was an elaborate hoax - at a media event at Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club tomorrow.

They are the latest in a string of people from the region to have been made millionaires by the National Lottery which earlier this year celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Other winners from Norfolk and Suffolk include:

• Former Swaffham binman Michael Carroll won £9.7m on the National Lottery in November 2002, aged just 19.

The self-styled King of Chavs scooped the jackpot in 2002 and turned up to collect his winnings wearing an electronic tag which had been ordered to wear for being drunk and disorderly, thereby earning him the nickname the “Lotto lout”.

• Lowestoft baker Jean Swatman scooped more than £2m on the National Lottery in June last year. She continued to work at the Morrisons supermarket in south Lowestoft for six and a half months after the win but has since hung up her apron and retired from her job as a baker.

• Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, took Britain’s second biggest ever lottery prize in August 2012.

But a year after the windfall, Mrs Bayford announced that her marriage had broken down irretrievably and that the couple had separated.

• Last year former Archant journalists Richard and Cathy Brown were revealed as the Ipswich couple who scooped £6million on the national lottery.

They discovered they had won the jackpot while moored in a marina in Newcastle as part of a trip around the UK on their 40ft yacht Brave.

After discovering their numbers had come in for the May 29 draw, the couple, who sail out of Levington marina, walked across the Millennium bridge and celebrated with a gin and tonic in a Newcastle bar.

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  • Maybe dan, Chloe Smith MP will be presenting the cheque, in which case expect a 2 page spread in the EDP on Monday. Don't know why I thought of her, probably a subliminal message in your comment, scroungers, woodwork, etc.

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    Friday, December 12, 2014

  • Why do these people feel a need to go public over a measly £1m? There are no benefits. With £1m you have enough money to have a nice life, sure, but not enough to insulate yourself from the scroungers that would come out of the woodwork - as you would with a significant lotto win. Makes no sense to me, other than some bizarre attention seeking 5 minutes of fame. Winnning £1m isn't very newsworthy, and no one should care what a couple of old timers are going to do with it (probably not much).

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