Happy times for Ellon lottery winners

AN ELLON couple are still celebrating after scooping a National Lottery jackpot of £2,159,664.

Libby and Alisdair McRae could not believe their luck when they realised they had landed a fortune - thanks to a lucky dip which matched all six numbers on Saturday, August 18.

The mother-of-four decided to put on another ticket while standing in the queue at the town’s Tesco store.

She explained: “We always put the lottery on but it’s usually my husband who does it. But for some reason while I was standing in the queue, I thought it’ll do no harm in using up this pound coin on another ticket, so I bought a lucky dip. It came as a till receipt because the machine was playing up.

“I thought no more of it until I went to Asda in Peterhead on Sunday morning to get some things for a barbecue and had it checked.

“The woman behind the counter told me that I’d have to call Camelot because they can only pay out up to £500. We laughed about it being a little over £500 until she informed me that I had all six numbers. We stopped laughing at that point and both turned chalk white.”

Mrs McRae, a 50-year-old Open University student, then rang Alisdair at home to tell him the news. At first he thought she was joking but later called her back to double check.

She told the Times: “I had to calm down before I was able to drive. We are still taking it in. You hear of other people winning the Lottery but you never think it will happen to you.

“We’ll take time to decide what we want to do with the money but we will definitely not be moving from Ellon, although we might look at a bigger house. We love it here and so do the kids. After that, I’m getting a cleaner.

“I think we might get a bigger car. I’ve had my eye on a Toyota V8 Land Cruiser so I think that’s the one for us. Then, once the dust has settled, a holiday. We won’t be rushing into anything.”

Mr McRae, until recently a prison officer at Peterhead, said it would take time to grasp the enormity of the event.

He said: “What it does do is give you piece of mind, financial security and the knowledge that you will be able to look after your kids.”

The couple, who have been married for 28 years, have two sons and two daughters aged from seven to 21. However, Mrs McRae said that none of them expected to be spoiled now that the family had landed such an amazing windfall. However, the children and their cousins can look forward to the trip to Florida they have always wanted.

She believes their good fortune is down to an encounter earlier this year with double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

She explained: “It must have been my lucky run-in with Mo. When I was finishing the Bupa 10K in May, he lapped me and I moved to the side until he had passed. It was an amazing moment for me and I have felt so lucky ever since.

“Mo went onto win double Olympic gold and I went on to win over £2million.”