Sitting pretty after Lotto win

Upholsterer Graeme Barrass is finding life more comfortable after getting a £210,000 financial cushion from the national lottery.

Graeme Barrass celebrates in style at the Delcor shop

Upholsterer Graeme Barrass is finding life more comfortable after getting a £210,000 financial cushion from the national lottery.

Graeme, 38, and his wife Susan, 40, broke out the celebration champagne at their Northumberland home last weekend after realising they had pocketed the bumper win.

They have been presented with a cheque for £210,720 after Graeme's entry matched five numbers and the bonus ball in Saturday night's draw.

Now the couple - who live in Storey Street, Cramlington with sons Kane, 10, and four-year-old Niall - are looking forward to paying off their mortgage, buying a new car and heading off on holiday to Spain.

But Graeme is not even thinking about giving up his job at Delcor Furnishings in Seaton Delaval, where he has worked since he left school at 16 and which he describes as his second family.

He and Susan, a barmaid at Shankhouse Social Club, each put on a regular line of lottery numbers every Saturday and his winning ticket was bought at E F Stores in Hastings Street, Cramlington.

Yesterday Graeme said: "We don't normally sit and watch the lottery draw but we did on Saturday night and it was Susan who realised we had five numbers and the bonus ball.

"I didn't think the win would be anything like £210,000 and when we saw the amount on teletext at 11pm that night we were over the moon. It still hasn't really sunk in.

"I phoned my mother-in-law, Doreen Alexander, who lives nearby, and asked her if she had any beer so that we could celebrate. She said she had a bottle of champagne which she had been keeping for when Newcastle United got to the FA Cup final so she came over and we drank it.

"It's a great sum of money to win because I can pay off our mortgage and still have enough left to treat the family. We lost out in the Farepak hampers business and were struggling a bit at Christmas so this is a big relief.

"I certainly wont be giving up work because I love it here and I've been here so long it's like my second family. Susan and I have been doing the lottery since it started but the most we have ever won is about £10."

Lottery luck also struck in Ashington recently where sewing machinist Coral Duff, 19, won a top prize of £100,000 on a Love Scratchcard which she bought from the town's Seaton Hirst store.


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