Scottish couple who almost forgot to buy lottery ticket bags life-changing £145k

A couple who nearly forgot to buy a Lotto ticket got a huge surprise after winning a life-changing sum of money.

George Muir and his partner of 28 years Sandra McCormack from Fife are looking forward to an early retirement after bagging a staggering £145,757.50 in the EuroMillions.

Although they don't plan on stopping work straight away, the couple do plan to retire 'several years' earlier than expected. They said that the treats that they have 'always dreamt about' can now become a reality.

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George, 60, who works for a hydrogen renewable energy company, admitted he only bought his winning ticket just hours before the draw took place on Friday, May 3.

He said: "I always play a month in advance and always purchase my EuroMillions tickets online. It was 3pm on the Friday when I suddenly remembered I hadn't bought my ticket. I always go for a EuroMillions Lucky Dip so I did just that."

As the Daily Record reports, George and Sandra, 64, who works in a supermarket, returned home the day after the draw - having been out to celebrate their 28-year anniversary - and still had no idea they had won.

Lottery winners George and Sandra Muir celebrate winning £145,757 on the National Lottery in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK . Picture date: Sunday May 19, 2024. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin
They won a life-changing amount of money -Credit:Anthony Devlin

It wasn't until George was checking his emails the next day.

He said: "I was just scrolling, as you do, when I came to an email from The National Lottery telling me that there was news about my ticket. I just assumed that if I had won something that it would be a few pounds so I didn't rush to log in and check.

"I actually went on to the National Lottery website to look at the numbers just for the novelty value and then, to my total disbelief, I discovered I had matched the five main numbers and one Lucky Star number! I literally dropped my phone! My heart was beating so fast."

A new car and a family holiday are also high on the shopping list for George, together with that early retirement. George added, "Thanks to my National Lottery win I am now able to do all of those things which I could previously only ever have dreamt of doing."

The winning EuroMillions numbers for the draw Friday 3 May, 2024 were 6, 9, 10, 30, 49 and the Lucky Stars were 3 and 4. George matched the five main numbers and one Lucky Star number (3).