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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2005, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Couple win 12.8m Lotto jackpot
Sandra Fosbrooke and Ken Henry

A supermarket checkout worker and her factory machinist partner have collected a cheque for Wales' biggest ever Lotto jackpot win on Tuesday.

Sandra Fosbrooke and Ken Henry won over 12.8m on Saturday's Lotto Extra draw.

Mr Henry, 58, said he told Ms Fosbrooke, 43: "I feel lucky inside" before buying two tickets.

They plan to buy a new house in their home town Llanelli, a villa in Gran Canaria and Liverpool fan Mr Henry wants an executive box at Anfield.

Mr Henry, a part-time bingo caller at Furnace Rugby Club, said: "At around lunchtime on Saturday I just felt lucky inside and asked Sandra to remind me to buy a couple of Lotto Extra tickets for that night's draw".

He added: "There was something on TV that reminded me of the lottery. It was a feeling I had inside that made me think I should do the Lotto Extra."

The couple picked up a cheque for 12,835,726 at a hotel in Cardiff.

Sandra Fosbrooke and Ken Henry
The pair did not realise they had won until the day after the draw

Mr Henry, who has five grandchildren, was emotional as he described their big win.

He said when he found out they had won from a Sunday newspaper, he travelled to the Asda store where Sandra worked, but she did not believe him at first.

He said: "I whispered this is going to change your life - we've won. She said, 'won what?'"

Ms Fosbrooke said: "I said 'go away, I've got customers. Just wait until after work.'"

Mr Henry said: "But I said, 'really, we've won the lottery.'"

Ms Fosbrooke added: "I just didn't believe it. I still don't believe it now."

Mr Henry admitted that even with his millions he might have to wait to see his favourite football team.

"There's a waiting list for a box at Anfield so I'll just have to wait," he said.

Ken Henry and Sandra Fosbrooke
Ken wants to see his favourite team, Liverpool, much more often

"I can't even buy a season ticket - they've all gone now after last week's European Champions League win."

Colleagues and neighbours say they are delighted for the couple.

Asda worker Martin Evans said: "The whole store has been buzzing with the news.

"It could not have happened to a nicer and more deserving couple."

Store manager Nick Megginson said: "Everyone is thrilled for Sandra - but I'll be sorry to lose a good worker.

"She's been with us eight years and she is a delight to work with."

Mr Henry works as a machinist for meat wholesalers Dawn Pac in Cross Hands.

Lucky dip ticket

Furnace Rugby Club member Anthony Phillips said: "Everyone's been talking about the big win.

"We're all wondering if he's going to come in and buy a round!"

The couple, who have been together for 15 years, have four children between them.

Mr Henry has two grown up daughters, aged 24 and 29, while Ms Fosbrooke has two children aged nine and 20.

The winning lucky-dip ticket with the numbers five, seven, nine, 12, 18 and 39 meant the couple were the sole winners of the jackpot.

The previous largest win in Wales was in January 2004, when cleaner Mary Jones of Bala won 9,382,496.

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