Jambo duo in seventh heaven with £2m jackpot

AS A boy his father would lift him over the turnstiles to get into Tynecastle – yesterday Brian Sharp was spraying Hearts' newly-seeded pitch with Moet & Chandon Champagne, as he and his wife Ann basked in the June sunshine and the glow of being Scotland's latest Lotto winners.

And the only place they wanted to announce their 2 million winnings was on the "hallowed" pitch, and have the cheque handed over by Hearts' manager Jim Jeffries and coach Billy Brown.

The Musselburgh couple, due to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary this year, scooped 2,046,689 on Saturday after their numbers came up seven times. They won a 2,033, 705 share of the 8.1 million jackpot when balls 34, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 47 were selected, and netted an extra 12,984 as they used the same numbers on six other lines, landing the five matching number prize of 2,164 six times.

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"Seven is definitely a lucky number for us," laughs 48-year-old Brian. "We've been using those random numbers for seven years, and won on all seven lines. We've only won 358 before. We might have dreamed, but we never thought we'd actually win the lottery. Now we just have to decide what we're going to with the money."

One of the first things they'll splash out on are Hearts' season tickets. "We've both been Hearts fans all our lives," grins Brian. "I can't believe I'm standing here today. It was the first place we thought of when Camelot asked us where we wanted to have the cheque presented.

"My dad used to bring me as a youngster, lifting me over the turnstiles, and I had a season ticket from the age of 12 until I was about 17. Then I was part of a Hearts supporters bus so would go to games home and away when I wasn't playing myself for Danderhall Boys Club – I was never good enough to get a game for Hearts.

"I can't believe I've been here so many times and never stood on the pitch. It's a great feeling. It will be great to be able to get a season ticket again."

He laughs: "And maybe Mr Romanov would like to rub shoulders with me . . . I could give him some tips about staying out of team selection."

On Saturday Ann, a 48-year-old admin assistant with Provident Financial, sat at home watching the draw on TV, while her daughters Leanne, 21, and 18-year-old Lauren were helping at the Moonwalk and her son Graeme, 23, was at a barbecue. Electrician Brian was working at RBS's Gogarburn HQ.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw our numbers. I phoned Brian to tell him and he knew something was wrong because my voice was shaking," she says. "When I told him he just said 'you're kidding'. "

Brian adds: "I phoned Camelot who confirmed we had a winning ticket, but couldn't say how much as they didn't know how many winners there were. At that point I just decided to go home. We phoned the kids and they came home too."

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The Sharps, who live in the Stoneybank area of the East Lothian town, grew up in Danderhall. It was on a trip to Blackpool as 23-year-olds that romance blossomed. Brian recalls:

"We were engaged a year later and married the next."

They plan to stay in Musselburgh, though in a bigger house so the girls, who share a bedroom, can have a room each. They had also planned a holiday to mark their anniversary. Brian adds: "We planned a cruise, probably the Med, but now it might be the Caribbean."


April 2009: The anonymous winner of a 2.8m jackpot in Edinburgh came forward after it lay unclaimed for weeks.

• July 2005: Loanhead's Alex and Sandra Fraser won 8.5m with a lucky dip ticket.

• May 2004: Seven workers at Chivas Brothers whisky bottling plant in Newbridge won 2.4m.

• March 2004: 23-year-old Lisa Dougan became Scotland's youngest every jackpot winner, with a 1.5m prize.

• October 2003: Catherine Peacock collected her 1.4m winnings from Easter Road stadium.

• April 2002: Swan Street in Gorebridge was dubbed the luckiest in Scotland after one resident won 1.1m and another won 80,000 just days later.

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• November 1998: John Roberts from West Pilton won 3.5m and moved his wife and five children to a luxury Tudor mansion in Blackpool. Later he was reportedly living in a caravan in Leeds.