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Lotto winners David and his wife Carol Martin, of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, want to celebrate their victory with a space trip but only after they buy a pair of new shoes. The Martins shared £66.5m ($95.8m).
David wants to spend £170,000 for a seat on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flight. "I dream about space. It's the final frontier. Star Wars has been an interest of mine ever since I was a kid. And it would be great to be a space tourist with Branson," he told the Sun.
"Look at (Brit astronaut) Tim Peake. I'd love to do that, now I have the opportunity...It sounds stupid but I'd like just a nice pair of brogues at £200."
The couple's win has vaulted them to the top of the Lotto rich list, overtaking the previous biggest winners, Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner, who shared a £22.5m jackpot in 1995. The massive jackpot was the result of 14 rollovers.
The Martins, both 54, revealed they would also like to help their home town which was hit by the recent floods. "The whole country has been affected. When you see the damage, it's horrible," said David.
Though the two have dreamt of the particular moment many times, it was a complete shock when they actually won the Lotto, David said. "We were both stunned into silence. We kept rechecking the numbers, as we thought there must be a mistake. Then we called Camelot to see if it could possibly be true. The lady at the end of the phone was really nice and told us we were right, we were winners," he said.
"All we could do was drink lots of hot tea and try and make sense of it all. The information just wasn't going in," David told the Sunderland Echo.
The Martins revealed the good news first to their lone child, Lisa, 26, who immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, five years ago. "When we called her, Lisa was worried someone had died because we normally use Skype or WhatsApp because it's free," he said.
They won the 9 January draw with a lucky dip but did not check the winning numbers – 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58 – until the next morning. "My mate came up for a coffee and a blather, and said two people had won the lottery. After he went we checked the numbers. When Carol was reading them out I was saying, 'Got that, got that, got that. She thought I was joking'," said David at a news conference in Edinburgh.
The couple plan to leave their jobs. Carol has worked at Boots for the past 20 years. David aims to give up his job with a firm which kits out homes for old folk and the disabled.