The winners of a bumper £45m EuroMillions jackpot have been revealed as a 22-year-old couple due to be married this September.
Cassey Carrington, a supervisor at Iceland, and Matt Topham, a painter and decorator, are both from Stapleford, Nottingham. They described their shock after scooping the huge prize, saying that they intend to share the wealth.
“We will be looking after the people close to us," said Cassey. "It is amazing to be able to tell my Mum and Dad that I would pay off their mortgage. My Dad is a big Porsche fan and when I was a little girl I always said to him that I would buy him one, one day. He will now get his dream car.”
“We can help friends get a house, it is so difficult these days to get a deposit and mortgage so it’s great we can help them. Also Dad can finally hang up his paint brushes and relax."
[Related link: Try your luck on the EuroMillions Lottery]The couple can now afford their dream wedding, after describing a previously modest lifestyle.
“I had made the invitations and was starting to work on the centre pieces, all to save money," Cassie admitted. "We can now get a big firework display and some entertainment in the evening. It will be our dream day".
Cassey said that she plans to buy an Aston Martin and pursue her ambition to become an architect. "I think I am going to build my own house intead of buying one," she said. The couple struck gold after matching up the five main numbers and two Lucky Star numbers on 7 February. The sum is the seventh largest jackpot to ever be won in the UK.
The announcement comes three weeks after Gareth and Catherine Bull scooped more than £41m in the EuroMillions, the pair publicly stating that they planned to buy a new carpet with the winnings. The total puts Cassey and Matt ahead of Wayne Rooney (£37m) on the rich list, also eclipsing musical heavyweights Kylie Minogue, Mick Hucknall and Pete Townshend (all £40m).
Despite the enormity of the winnings, it ranks far behind Scottish couple Chris and Colin Weir- who picked up a EuroMillions record £161m in July.