British couple will use 101 mln pounds win to make others rich

British couple will use 101 mln pounds win to make others rich

Dave Dawes, a shift supervisor at a food producer, and his partner Angela Dawes, a charity shop volunteer, were the only winners of Britain's third-largest lottery jackpot, worth 116 million euros or USD 157 million.

In a press conference, Dave Dawes, 47, said the couple went into "meltdown" as they watched the draw live on television and realised their numbers had come up.

"It was just mad, I couldn't believe my eyes," he said. "We were doing several checks that night: the TV, the website... I looked at (Angela) and said 'My god, we're the only ones!'"

It was only the third time the couple had played EuroMillions and their winning numbers were picked at random. The only number Dave deliberately chose was 18, the date of his oldest son's birthday.

The couple from Wisbech, eastern England, who are not married but have chosen to use the same name, had to wait until yesterday for their win to be verified, but have already discussed how they will spend some of the money.

"My mum and dad live in Portugal so we're going to buy a house over there, we're going to get married next year -- Dave already bought me an engagement ring but now we're going to buy a better one," Angela Dawes said.

The couple, who have been together for four years, had already been planning to marry next year, but said the wedding will now be a more glamorous affair.

Dave Dawes, an avid fan of Chelsea, said one of his first purchases will be a season ticket for the team.

The couple are also looking to swap their one-bedroom flat for a luxury property close to the club's Stamford Bridge stadium in one of London's most exclusive districts.

He said his wife-to-be has given him permission to have a games room filled with Chelsea memorabilia in their new house.

The couple said they would also happily give away much of their newfound wealth.

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