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Couple win £2m lottery jackpot as son is given all-clear from cancer

John and Allison McDonald say ‘lifelong dreams came true in space of three days’

John and Allison McDonald celebrate their lottery win. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

John and Allison McDonald celebrate their lottery win. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Last modified on Fri 3 Jan 2020 16.58 GMT

A couple who won a £2m lottery jackpot a few days before finding out that their teenage son was clear of cancer have said: “It is just like all of our lifelong dreams came true.”

John and Allison McDonald’s lucky dip ticket matched all six numbers to win the Lotto jackpot on 18 December.

Three days later, the couple from Stockton on Tees received the news that their 15-year-old son, Ewan, had been given the all-clear after being treated for cancer all year.

John said: “It is just like all of our lifelong dreams came true in the space of three days. What a start to 2020. Everyone always dreams of winning the lottery at Christmas and talks about how amazing this would be, but Allison and I never believed it would happen to us – and it has.

“And then to receive news that Ewan’s latest scans are all clear is just truly amazing. We are so thankful.”

Ewan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in May last year and underwent chemotherapy.

John, 62, a security officer who frequently worked 70-hour weeks, and Allison, 49, who worked in an opticians, have handed in their notice at work.

“This is just the most amazing feeling ever,” Allison said.

John described how he checked his ticket while having a hot drink at work. “As I continued to check, I realised I had matched all six. I was just in total shock,” he said. “My legs were trembling as I called Camelot to check that what I was seeing was in fact right.”

He told a news conference in North Yorkshire town of Yarm how he called his wife, who was at the dentist.

Allison said she saw a missed call on her phone.

“I just thought: ‘Oh no, why is he calling me. Something must be wrong, something terrible has happened, has something gone wrong with Ewan’,” she said. “Never did I believe when I called him back he would be telling me we had won the Lotto jackpot.

“It is fantastic that this win has not only given us the financial security to buy a lovely new family home, but also time. We can both now afford to stop work and spend time with our family making memories, something we could only have ever dreamed of doing.”

Ewan underwent six rounds of chemotherapy at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, which meant he and Allison spent weeks away from the family home. The couple have two other children and three grandchildren.

They were expecting the results of his latest scan to come in the days before Christmas and while they could see his health was improving, they were still afraid there could be bad news before they got the all clear. “Ewan has coped very well, he has been very inspirational,” she said.

John and Allison McDonald say ‘lifelong dreams came true in space of three days’

Scunthorpe couple beat all the odds to win twice on EuroMillions

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A Scunthorpe couple have defied incredible odds to win EuroMillions twice.

David and Kathleen Long, who won £1M in July 2013, have now banked another £1M, and a dream car in the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw at the end of March.

When David revealed the second win Kathleen said, “You said you’d do it again and you have!”

In 2013 the pair, then known as David Long and Kathleen MacKenzie, banked £1M when EuroMillions created 100 millionaires on one night. The Mega Friday draw in March saw ten winners drive away with £1M and a dream car. This success makes the couple the first double millionaire winners on The National Lottery to go public.

David’s secret to his success is simple, he likes to play when he knows there are lots of prizes available. “I always knew I’d win, even the first time. I just had a feeling it was going to be me. Last time I knew I had a good chance because there were 100 prizes of £1 million. Last Friday night I was passing the local shop and saw there were ten £1 million prizes on EuroMillions and a nice car and thought yeah I’ll give that a go.”

Nearly missed out

After nearly missing out on his win last time because he failed to check his raffle code, David checked his ticket carefully on Saturday morning. “On one line I’d matched two numbers and one star to get £7.20 and thought that’s alright. Then I checked the raffle codes – something I’ve learnt to do automatically since winning last time. After a few moments I very calmly called Kath in and said “Have a look at this. It’s there. Look. Read that line.”

“Kath checked the TV; then she turned on the laptop and checked the website. Then she went up right close to our television on the wall, put on her glasses and stared really hard at the raffle numbers. It seemed ages and then she finally said: “You said you’d do it again and you have!” Everything has been a blur ever since. It’s definitely taking longer to sink in this time!”

The first win came when the couple admitted times had been tough due to illness. The couple both quickly retired and say it has been an amazing 18 months since. They even finally got married after a 12 year engagement.

Of the second win David said, “I always told everyone that I’m gonna do it again. I just knew it would be my turn again someday. Now it has and we just can’t believe it.”

The couple are planning a big celebration party for friends and family. Although David isn’t a fan of flying he has had to promise Kathleen a dream cruise. “Kath and I had a fantastic wedding last year but we never took a honeymoon because I’m just not keen on the idea of flying. Kath would love me to book an amazing cruise and I think I have just run out of excuses!”

Of course David and Kathleen also have to pick up the dream car they have won in Friday’s EuroMillions Mega Friday draw. They are currently still selecting from a stunning list of cars and have narrowed it down to either a Range Rover Autobiography or a Jaguar F-Type.

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