A dad burst into tears today as he celebrated scooping an £18 million lottery jackpot. Dennis Banfield wept after winning the life-changing sum of money because it would mean his daughters ‘are financially secure forever’.
The father-of-two, 87, and wife Shirley, 83, were stunned to win £18,139,352 after matching all six numbers on their Lucky Dip ticket on Saturday. The couple had always joked with daughters Tina, 54, and Karen, 51, that it was ‘just a matter of time’ before they won the Lotto Jackpot. Dennis, who worked at the South West Electricity Board for 40 years, said: ‘All that has ever mattered to Shirley and I is that the girls are okay.
‘We joke that it’s just a matter of time and we are playing the lottery for them, so that they are financially secure forever. To know they are is a wonderful feeling. ‘We haven’t thought about moving house – we’ve lived here for more than 57 years – and while I didn’t think I would be interested in a new car, it is rather tempting.
Although with my dodgy knee I might need to get a chauffeur to go with the car.’ The Banfields, from Bristol, went public today at Totworth Court in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. Dennis, who uses a walking stick, bought the winning ticket at his local newsagent.
He checked the numbers on Sunday and when Shirley read them out she said ‘who’d have those numbers?’ and her hubbie of 60 years replied: ‘I do’. Daughter Tina said: ‘It’s not every day your parents call you at 8am to tell you they have won the lottery.
‘So when they did make that call on Sunday, my first thought was it must be a mistake and I immediately headed over the check. ‘Seeing those six numbers first on their TV screen and then also matching on the National Lottery site was a magical moment. ‘It was equally wonderful calling my sister Karen, who like me, had received a call but assumed it was a mistake I confirmed the win with her.’
Tina added: ‘It’s too early to make any firm plans about work and new homes but there are some things I’ve always wanted to do and which are now possible. ‘I’m an avid sports fan, especially rugby, so the World Cup in Japan or the Lions Tour of South Africa might be on the cards. And I love fast cars, so why not the Grand Prix?
‘I could even drive there in my dream car, a Porsche 911 Carrera convertible. ‘It’s not just the tangible things that the win will give us. ‘The win means we can all take life a little calmer, enjoy our time together and share in the experience without worrying about food bills, mortgage payments or pension plans.’
This post first appeared at Metro Uk
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