01 Dec Wedding Bells for Southend Lottery Millionaires
A couple from Southend-on-Sea who have battled ill-health and, as a result, financial hardship can finally put an end to their 30 year engagement and say ‘I do’ after scooping the £1,000,000 Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize from the draw on Saturday 25 November, 2017.
The lucky pair, Tony Pearce (66) and Deb Gellatly (58), who until they discovered the win on Sunday morning had planned to sell their beloved bungalow to avoid repossession, are still coming to terms with the huge change in their fortunes.
“This time last year we had life all planned out. We were both working, had a nice three-bed home and could see our comfortable retirement within grasp. Then, while on holiday this February, I had a cardiac arrest and our life was turned upside down.”
He added “The doctor told me I could go back to work but I would be unlikely see the year out, or stop working all together. Obviously we took the latter but it put a massive strain on our finances and we’d decided our only way forward was to sell the house and move away to a cheaper part of the country. And then a little bit of magic hit!”
Tony discovered that Lady Luck had paid them a visit early on Sunday morning when he saw an email in his inbox from The National Lottery.