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You're joking! £148m Lottery winner
e winner of Britain's second biggest Lottery jackpot has said that he joked to his wife that he had not bought any tickets.
And when music shop owner Adrian Bayford tried to tell healthcare assistant Gillian that they had actually scooped £148.6 million, she told him to be quiet as she was trying to get their children to sleep.
Mr Bayford, 41, said: "I had been watching the film The Bank Job on TV while Gillian was out with friends.
"When she got back, we decided to turn over and catch up on the news.
"Scrolling along the bottom of the screen was the news that one person had won EuroMillions but Gillian confessed that she hadn't had time to get a ticket.
"As a joke, I also said neither had I, when in fact I had five lines upstairs waiting to be checked.
"By now both of our children had woken up so while Gillian was trying to settle them back to sleep, I went to check the numbers on my phone.
"Gradually, the numbers seemed to match up with those on my ticket and I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.
"I rushed back and turned on the main light, at which point Gillian went ballistic. The kids really were awake by now. I was trying to tell her that we had won the lottery and she was telling me to keep the noise down."
The lucky couple, from Haverhill, Suffolk, who have a daughter aged six and a four-year-old son, scooped the 14-rollover jackpot in Friday's EuroMillions draw with the winning numbers 50, 21, 17, 48 and 11, and the Lucky Star numbers 09 and 10.
The prize is just behind the £161 million landed by Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, in July last year.
Mr Bayford, who co-owns a music shop in Haverhill, and Gillian, a children's ward healthcare assistant at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, called family members to share the good news, having given up on getting the children back to bed.
Mrs Bayford, 40, said: "Everyone was very surprised to hear from us so late at night and thought we were joking at first. It took us a while to make them believe us.
"The children sensed our ecstatic mood and took full advantage of it.
"They finally settled back to sleep in our bed at around 2am. We decided we weren't going to be needing our bed that night anyway."
The couple, who have been married for eight years, spent the rest of the night on the internet deciding how to spend the money.
They are deciding what to do next, although Mrs Bayford said she would be leaving her job in ward D2, where she has worked shifts for the past three years.
Mrs Bayford said: "Neither of us can quite comprehend just how much £148 million is.
"We have always worked and saved up for holidays, or things that we need.
"We have lived within our means and been comfortable but we have been like ships in the night to earn the income we needed.
"It will be fantastic to spend more time as a family now.
"This money has come at the right time for us and is going to benefit the whole family.
"The win is not just for us, it is for us to share and everyone's life is going to be so much more enjoyable and stress-free."
The couple plan to start the search for their dream home, complete with a kitchen with all mod cons.
Mrs Bayford also plans to buy the car of her dreams, an Audi Q7, while her husband has always wanted to visit the Canadian Rockies by train. The children want to visit Disney World.
They plan to take time to consider how else they will use the money to help others.
Mrs Bayford said: "Children's charities are close to our hearts so we will be exploring how we can use this money to help those charities, but it is too soon to say exactly what."
The Bayfords are the seventh big EuroMillions jackpot winners from the UK this year, according to Camelot.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List, they now have a fortune to rival Jamie and Jools Oliver (£150 million), Sir Tom Jones (£140 million) and Eric Clapton (£130 million). Their £148 million win places them 516th in Britain's Rich List.
Mrs Bayford, who is originally from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, said she planned to quit her hospital job to spend more time with the family but her husband, originally from Hayle in Cornwall, said he planned to return to the music shop, which he started as a market stall business.
The couple were adamant that they would share the money with friends and family, including Mrs Bayford buying a new car and taking their two children, son Cameron and daughter Aimee, to Disneyland.
"I think if you are a selfish person, it is a lot of money," Mrs Bayford said.
"If you are selfish and keep it to yourself, yes, it is far too much.
"But if you are willing to share it around and give it to people and let them have the quality of life you are having as well, it is more enjoyable.
"Why can't a lot of people be happy off of somebody's two pounds?"
They said the amount they won was life-changing "not just for us, for everyone", saying they would look to repay people who have helped them financially, both friends and family.
"It is such a large amount that it isn't something for one person," Mrs Bayford added.
"It is something to share with other people, people that need help, people that have helped us and supported us."
Mrs Bayford was asked about the fact that Scots have won the two largest payouts on the Euromillions, to which she replied: "We have nice short arms and long pockets. And we can just reach that money for the euro ticket, that's all."
Sanjay and Bev Patel, who run the shop where the Bayford's bought their winning ticket, were at the press conference at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire.
They said they were a lovely couple, who knew them because Adrian regularly bought his tickets at their shop, Sanjay's Store.
"It couldn't have happened to a nicer couple," Mr Patel said."We love it, it just feels brilliant just to feel that we were there, we were the actual store that sold the ticket, we feel great, not just for the shop but great for Haverhill," his wife added.
Describing the couple's plan to share money with friends and family, Mrs Patel added: "That is lovely, but that is their nature.
"They are down to earth and if they have promised that they will deliver."