West Brom Fans Score £2m
Last Updated: Thursday 14th September 2006, 16:39 pm
Josie and Mick Timmins from Dudley are celebrating after they themselves scored a share of the 9 September Lotto jackpot worth £2,010,267.
Josie and Mick are both ardent West Bromwich Albion fans, so it's not surprising that West Brom season tickets top their list of likely purchases, followed closely by a new house and a luxury holiday in Mexico.
Josie works as a part time hairdresser, and she explained why West Brom top their list of priorities. "The whole family has always supported the Baggies," she says, "but we have never been able to afford season tickets before. Now with our Lotto win, they will be the first thing we splash out on."
A mother of two young men (Lee is 20 and Michael is 16), Josie didn't realise that she had won the share of the money until Sunday morning. "I was checking the numbers on Teletext and was crossing them off on the ticket," she explains.
"I was saying to myself, 'I've got that one and that one, great I've got four.' Then I realised I had all six! I had to wait until Mick got back from walking the dog before I could actually confirm I wasn't dreaming.
"Once Mick had checked the ticket, we went over to my mum's where she looked at the ticket again and that's when it really started to sink in. I ran all over the house shouting, 'I've won, I've won' - I couldn't believe it. We've only celebrated with a cup of tea with a tot of whisky in it but we definitely plan to have a family party once things have calmed down."
Mick, a Health and Safety Manager, elaborates on a few other things the couple have put on their "must have" list. "We definitely will buy a new house and I collect Koi Carp so I'd love to have a bigger pond," he says. "Josie loves handbags, so I'm sure she will be treating herself to a few! This win means everything to us - it's a fantastic feeling to know we can now secure ours and our sons' futures."