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Snuff maker in 2.7m lottery win

Graham and Fiona Forrest
Mr Forrest says the win will not change him

A snuff manufacturer who won £2.7m on the National Lottery has said he has no plans to give up work.

Graham Forrest, 46, and his wife Fiona, 45, of Kendal in Cumbria, landed the windfall in Saturday's double rollover.

Mr Forrest is the managing director of the snuff and tobacco maker Samuel Gawith & Company, where he started in the mail room aged 15.

He said the win would not change him, but that he would buy a bigger house and a new pair of glasses.

Mr Forrest said: "I left school at 15 and went to the company as a trainee manager.

"I've worked my way up, I've given my life to it. There's been some good times and bad times, so there's no way I'll be giving it up.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw £2.7m sat in my account
Graham Forrest

"I wouldn't know what to do with myself."

Mr Forrest bought his ticket online and checked his numbers - which he has used for 15 years - when he went to work on Monday.

He said: "I got the email saying I had exciting news and clicked through expecting £10.

"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw £2.7m sat in my account."

Mrs Forrest said she planned to give up her job as a cleaner at Kendal College.

She said their four children, Nathan, 16, Adam, 14, Megan, 12, and Bethan, 10, were "quietly excited" by the win.

Mr Forrest also said he did not intend to upgrade his Kia Sedona car which he bought six months ago.

He added: "We're just ordinary folk. If we go out we just go to the local pub with our friends."

Five winning tickets shared the jackpot of nearly £14m.

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