Lottery winners still get up at 3am

Typically, those who win millions on the national lottery usually indulge in extravagant spending on flash cars and big houses. But one couple from Darlington have managed to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

When Paul and Sue Watson won £1.173,329 million eight months ago, they vowed the windfall would not change their life. And true to their word, Mr Watson, 54, gets up at 3am to buy produce for their fruit and veg shop and Mrs Watson, 50, opens the shop at 9am.

“We keep the business going because we owe it to our customers, staff and children,” said Mr Watson.

Mrs Watson, who is just as grounded despite the win, said: "There's no point in retiring yet, that's something we can do at anytime. Also we're part of the community. It's more than just a shop.

“I don't want to sound big-headed, but everyone in the village knows us."

In fact, the first thing Mrs Watson bought with the winnings was a brand new Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Since then, the couple have paid off their mortgage on their home of 19 years and bought two second hand cars. The only luxuries they have allowed themselves are holidays in Florida and New York.

But when in New York, instead of shopping at Bloomingdales or a fancy fashion shop, Mrs Watson chose the high street familiarity of Zara.

"Paul said to me, 'You can afford to shop in any one of these shops', but I love my Zara dress, even though I could probably have got it at the MetroCentre in Newcastle,” said Mrs Watson.

Editor, - 2007-09-03 11:12:53

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