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EuroMillions couple's 56m win 'amazing'


Nigel Page and Justine Laycock described their amazement at their win

A self-confessed "white van man" and his estate agent partner have been named the winners of Britain's biggest ever lottery jackpot.

Nigel Page, 43, and his partner Justine Laycock, 41, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, won £56m in Friday's EuroMillions draw.

The couple, who plan to give up work, claimed their prize on Saturday, before celebrating over a bacon roll.

The total £112m jackpot was split with another ticket, bought in Spain.

Talking about the win at a press conference in Bath, Ms Laycock said: "It's an amazing amount of money. We could never have wished for this."

Mr Page, who runs a property maintenance business, said when he discovered the win he "started shaking and couldn't speak".

I started shaking and couldn't speak - I just kept looking at it on in the screen in front of me but I couldn't say a word
EuroMillions winner Nigel Page

After discovering their win on Saturday morning, the couple and their three children had breakfast at their local Waitrose cafe while they waited for a Camelot adviser to visit them.

They said they planned to buy a new property and travel with their children, possibly to Australia and New Zealand or Barbados.

Ms Laycock said: "It would be lovely to get a five or six bedroom house with a pool and lots of space but we really enjoy the area we live in now so we won't move far.

"We'd also like to buy somewhere abroad where we can go on holiday but it'll have to be in the school holidays."

Cars are also near the top of their wish-list, they said.

Mr Page currently drives a white van and was due to make the last payment on it next month.

He now plans to swap it for a Range Rover Sport or a BMW X5.

Graphic showing top lottery wins

He said: "I'm going to treat myself to a new car, I think, because I'm a 'white van man'. I haven't had a car to myself for at least 10 years."

Ms Laycock, who works for a local estate agents, said she had already told her boss she was not going back to work.

She said: "Bless him, he's devastated."

She added: "We've got a lovely long list of people we're going to help and make their lives so much more comfortable.

"We've got this fantastic opportunity and we're going to utilise it 100%."

The couple, both divorcees, have three children from previous relationships - Mr Page's daughter Ella, 12, and Ms Laycock's son and daughter, Jacob, 11, and Georgia, 15.

Mr Page said the children had been "really level-headed" about the win. "They haven't asked for much," he said.

The youngsters have joked about getting a tarantula and Ella has asked for a Shetland pony.

Mr Page, a skydiving enthusiast who represented Great Britain at judo when he was 12, said he only recently started playing EuroMillions online and had already won £55 in last Wednesday's Lotto draw.

He said: "I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.

"I didn't think about it again until Saturday morning when I was watching the news with my daughter and saw that there was one UK winner who shared the jackpot with a ticket in Spain.

"I logged on to my account and saw the Lotto win for £55 in my account and just below it was the £56m EuroMillions prize. I started shaking and couldn't speak."

Mr Page then woke his partner of eight years to tell her the news.


So what do a pair of overnight Lottery-winning multi-multi-multi-millionaires look like? For an hour before all was revealed at the press conference, every smiling couple walking in or out of the Bath Spa Hotel was suspected of being them by the hordes of waiting (not to mention jealous) journalists.

Every lovey-dovey twosome enjoying the end of a romantic Valentine's weekend break looked like a likely pair. We should have known we were wrong - nobody we'd seen had a smile as huge as the ones Justine Laycock and Nigel Page flashed when they finally walked through the door.

They genuinely seem to be enjoying every second of their new-found wealth and fame. And they seem remarkably unfazed by the battery of lenses flashing in their faces. I suppose 56 million quid in the bank must help!

Ms Laycock said: "His hands were shaking so much he couldn't pick up the phone so I called the lottery line and they confirmed it was true."

Matthew Fuller, Ms Laycock's boss at estate agency Cain and Fuller, has known the couple for 20 years and said they had the strong characters needed to handle such a win.

He said Ms Laycock was "a great lady" and described Mr Page as a "lovely guy".

"Together they are very strong, so I think they will be fine. They are pretty grounded," he said.

It is the fourth time in three months that a British winner has scooped more than £25m in the EuroMillions draw.

In November, Les Scadding, 53, and wife Samantha Peachey-Scadding, 38, from Caerleon, south Wales, won £45.5m.

A further £45.5m was won in the same draw by a syndicate of seven IT workers at Hewlett Packard in Liverpool.

Then in January, four family members from Dorking in Surrey won £26.1m.

Across Europe, the record EuroMillions win is £113m by a single ticket-holder from Spain in May last year.

EuroMillions is played in nine countries - the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Irish Republic, Portugal and Switzerland.

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