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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Friendly tie to 8.5m lottery win
Lottery winner Alec Fraser with wife Sandra
Lottery winners Alec Fraser and wife Sandra toast their win
A Scottish couple who won 8.5m on the National Lottery have been presented with their cheque by family friends who scooped more than 1m two years ago.

Alec and Sandra Fraser, of Loanhead, Midlothian, bought the golden ticket at the local Scotmid store.

Mr Fraser used to live in the town's Paradykes Avenue with his parents.

By coincidence, family friends Catherine and John Peacock won 1.4m on the lottery while living in the same street in 2003.

The Peacocks presented Hibs fans Mr and Mrs Fraser with their cheque at the football club's Easter Road ground on Tuesday.

If you can imagine the sight, there were two overweight adults jumping about the living room
Alex Fraser

Mr Fraser said he found out he had hit the jackpot on Sunday morning after checking his lottery numbers on television.

"I went for a cigarette and the lottery tickets were underneath the packet and I said 'oh yes, the lottery, I'd better check it'," he said.

'Heart pumping'

"I got Teletext on, I'd 10 worth, so I was checking one and Sandra checked the other.

"I threw mine in the bin, no winners, but Sandra said she had four numbers, which I said was good."

Mr Fraser said he took the ticket and checked the numbers on television.

"The old heart started pumping a bit," he went on.

"I got the glasses on, I lifted it up again, checked it again and, if you can imagine the sight, there were two overweight adults jumping about the living room.

"It was absolutely fantastic."

Mr Fraser said he intended to give up his job as a driver but would continue to help out on a voluntary basis.

'Won't play again'

The lifelong Hibs fan said he would consider buying a box at Easter Road and planned to buy a new house, a new car and then "play it by ear".

But he revealed he would not buy another lottery ticket.

"I think that would be pure greed. The most important thing is that we can help our families out.

"My father and father-in-law both died quite recently and it's sad they aren't with us to share our happiness but we can share with the rest of our family and friends."

It is the second time in a row the jackpot has been lifted by people in Scotland.

Last week, a syndicate of six distillery workers from Glasgow shared 15m.

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