Dave and Angela Dawes: £101 million EuroMillions jackpot winners unveiled
A couple from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire were today revealed as the winners of the third biggest individual lottery prize in UK history.
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A Cambridgeshire couple have been unveiled as the winners of Friday night's Euromillions jackpot.
Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech collected their cheque for £101 million this afternoon, instantly making them the 703rd richest people in the UK.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List, the Dawes are now richer than many celebrity couples, including Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (£95 million), and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin (£48 million).
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Third time lucky
"We didn't believe it," Dave told the assembled press when asked about their reaction to their numbers coming up as they watched the live TV draw on the Friday night. The couple confessed they had only played the lottery three times and the first time they got no numbers.
They plan to buy a home in Portugal to be nearer to Angela's parents. They are also going to get married. "Dave's already bought me an engagement ring but now he can buy me a nicer one," Angela joked. If you're wondering about their surname, apparently she changed her name when they decided to get married.
They also plan to make "15 to 20" of their close family and friends millionaires.
Dave will be giving up his job as a shift supervisor at Premier Foods in Wisbech, while Angela will be stepping down from her role as a volunteer at the British Heart Foundation.
Third biggest winners
The £101 million is the third biggest win in the UK. In first place was the whopping £161 million jackpot claimed earlier this year by Colin and Chris Weir from Scotland.
That couple reportedly had to flee to Spain after being inundated by requests for handouts. The second biggest winners chose to remain anonymous, so it's not clear whether the £113 million jackpot was owned by an individual or syndicate.
The Dawes' winning numbers were 18, 26, 34, 38 and 42. The Lucky Star numbers were 5 and 8.
Good Luck to you both and I hope the money brings you both happiness!!! Wish it was ME!!!! :) xx
Well at least this win has created a job at Premier Foods so already they have created more employment that the government, though I do think you've been silly in going public
lots of not so nice people out there so enjoy all your money but don't trust new friends
congratulations to them but one thing i wouldnt do would be go public with wining that large amount of money
I'm glad it went to an ordinary couple with ordinary lottery dreams and not to some stupid farts who say things like, "It won't change my life" or "I'll still be in work tomorrow" - Yeah, right ! Good luck them both, I hope they'll be very happy.
Don't have to give money to help charities just your time is enough in some cases.
Best of luck to them (although think they are mad for going public)
Good luck to them.
As for all you sour pusses that are moaning that it wasn't you, it is too much money,they should give it to charity. What a load of poo, if and when you guys do win a large amount make sure you publicise the fact your giving it away but I seriously doubt you will.
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.
WHY OH WHY go public? (maybe to get revenge on Ex partners) if i had £101 million i would tell Camelot where too go, i would want privacy and not a short cut to A LIST celebrity life style, Life is for living and giving they can do a lot off good with that amount of cash, I would look after the people who have remained friends and my family of course, the people who chase and beg for money are 99% fake. Enjoy your money and please dont stop playing the lottery like you said on ITV! I have played the Euro Millions for 3 years and never won anymore than £78 pound, I'ts pay back time, play £10.00 a week like i do, you are giving money to charity and also putting money back in the pot.
GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY!
Why the hell did they go public????
By end of this week they might be getting 20 plus sack loads of begging letters a day.
I would just like to say congrats to the happy couple, how wonderful that they are going to give a life changing amount to some of their family members and close friends, it makes sense so that they dont forever feel like the 'rich relatives' who everyone justs wants to see what they can get out of. I hope your money brings you nothing but happiness! x
i wish them the best of luck, and hope they buy whatever they have always wished for ****
Well done, not jealous, but envious. They both look a very nice couple, good luck to them both and their friends and family. Just wish it could have been me,
or just a little would have been nice.
I'll just keep buying the tickets fingers crossed for the next time.
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