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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 August, 2004, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
'Quiz show win won't change me'
Karen Shand and her partner William Logan
Not alcohol, but Irn Bru, as Karen and William celebrate the win
A nurse who won £1m in a live television quiz show hopes to continue working in the coronary care unit of her local hospital.

Karen Shand, 40, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, says the win will not make her give up her £25,000-a-year job.

Ms Shand clinched the largest amount of money ever won on live TV after she answered six questions correctly on The Vault programme.

The first thing she plans to spend her prize money on is a holiday.

TV presenter Gabby Logan phoned Ms Shand's bungalow on Tuesday night after a studio contestant failed to win the bumper prize.

"I thought I should have every chance of getting the first two (questions), because they'd been on the show already," she said.

"Three and four, I knew the answer straight away, the fifth one I struggled with, and the sixth one was just a gift."

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But she said winning the jackpot would not change her as a person.

"It will certainly change my lifestyle," she said. "But it wouldn't change me."

Ms Shand has a partner, William Logan, 47, and a daughter from a previous relationship.

"We'll go on holiday and then we will think about what to do when we're there. I don't think it's sunk in yet, to be honest.

"It just doesn't feel real. I can't believe I've done it," she said.

Daughter Amie was at her 47-year-old father Archie Shand's house when she heard her mother vying for the top prize.

New York trip

The 16-year-old said: "I was watching it at my dad's and I didn't even know she'd phoned in, so I was shocked and on the edge of my seat."

Top of her wishlist is a shopping trip for her and her mother to New York to buy "loads of designer gear".

Mr Logan, who has worked with the ambulance service in Fife for 22 years and has been with Ms Shand for just over a year, said: "I was jumping about when she got the sixth question, but she was so calm.

"I said to her this morning 'have you got iced water in your veins?'

"But we haven't slept all night. We have done that much talking. We've had things bought and changed our minds.

"We'll be able to treat ourselves to some luxuries and stop working overtime. I think it's going to be a great Christmas."




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