Dartford Lottery winners return to shop to deliver gold playstation
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 June 2018
Ady Kerry / Camelot
A Dartford couple who won an £8m Lotto jackpot in 2009 returned to the shop where they bought the winning ticket with a gold playstation.
Ted and Marilyn Newton came back to the shop in Costcutter on Fleetdale Parade, Dartford, to deliver the limited edition playstation in the hope that their good fortune can now rub off on others.
The new, shiny playstation was unveiled as The National Lottery reveals it has now created 5,000 millionaires since the first draw on November 19 1994.
Talking about the moment they became lucky lottery millionaires, retired foreman Ted said: “I always bought our family syndicate tickets for the Saturday draw but decided to play mid-week on a whim when I saw it was a Lotto rollover.
“When I think of all the people we have been able to help and the experiences we’ve had since that day, its one whim that definitely paid off!
“We now have a home in rural Kent but have kept our family home here in Dartford, and spend our time flitting between the two so whenever we are here, I still buy our syndicate tickets in the store, it’s been lucky for us before and hopefully with the edition of the gold playstation it will be lucky again for someone else.”
Before leaving, Ted and Marilyn gave the playstation their own stamp of approval with a gold handprint and a message of luck to all future players directly onto the playstation.
Marilyn said: “It’s amazing to think there are now 5,000 lottery millionaires who have all enjoyed that same winning moment, a moment which for many starts at the National Lottery playstation in their local shop.”
Shopkeeper Sujatha Susantha said: “Here’s hoping this gold edition will bring us even more luck.”
The Newton’s £7,985,672 jackpot was split equally between Ted, Marilyn and their three children.
Research reveals that gifting to friends, family and charity remains the top priority for winners, with almost half declaring that it is the sharing of the win that has given them the most happiness.