Two lottery winners have scooped separate Lotto prizes of £1million from the same draw – and they both come from Oldham.
Camelot confirmed it has received claims on the two Lotto prizes from the draw on August 8 with the wins from tickets bought in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.
As with all major prizes, the claims will now go through the process of validation, which includes checks to ensure the Games Rules Terms and Conditions are adhered to
Camelot’s Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said, “This is incredible news – one draw, one town and an incredible TWO £1M Lotto prizes that have now been claimed.
“It’s fantastic to be able to bring a little bit of cheer to the area with this news. We will now focus on supporting the ticket-holder or ticket-holders through the process.
“We’re continuing to encourage all National Lottery players to check their tickets, either online via the National Lottery website or, as the current situation allows, in their local store.”
Wood machinist David Adams, 61, and his wife Shelley were going through an incredibly difficult and painful time when their luck changed and they scooped the seven-figure prize online in last Saturday’s lottery.
David lost his job just 24 hours earlier, and Shelley, 52, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) last year, forcing her to give up her job as a community carer.
The couple, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was hit by a double tragedy this year when David’s sister-in-law died after suffering a massive heart attack, and her husband – David’s brother – lost his battle with Covid-19.
The Adams have tried to stay positive despite the setbacks in life. Now, they are making plans for their windfall, starting with a new car – a Nissan Qashqai – to replace their ageing Ford Mondeo.
It will eventually be followed by David’s first holiday outside of the UK.
David said: “Many people would think the redundancy was the worst news but in fact it’s just the final straw in a catalogue of difficulties we have experienced.
“Just last year Shelley was diagnosed with MS and had to give up the job she loved as a community carer, putting a strain on our finances and heightening her clinical anxiety.
“In April we sadly lost my sister-in-law due to a massive heart attack, then two weeks in early May we received the news that sadly so many families have received this year, her husband, my brother, had passed due to Covid-19.
“It’s been a really tough time but we stick together and try to keep smiling, whatever life has thrown at us. Never in our wildest dreams did we think the next thing thrown our way would be £1 million quid.”