VIDEO: Orford couple scoop up more than half a million pounds in National Lottery

Warrington Guardian: Michael and Margaret Sampson were jumping for joy following their win Michael and Margaret Sampson were jumping for joy following their win

AN Orford couple have never had much luck before but that all changed on Saturday when they banked more than half a million pounds on the Lotto draw.

Michael and Margaret Sampson matched five numbers plus the bonus ball in last week’s Lotto Quadruple Rollover.

The happy couple, who are still in a state of shock after discovering they had won £585,956, say the news still hasn’t sunk in just yet and are not sure it ever will.

Michael, a plant operator with PQ Corporation, said: “It’s surreal. Things like this don’t happen to us. We were both jumping for joy.

“The last time I ever won anything was a bottle of wine on a raffle and I don’t like wine so I gave it back to them. We once won a miniature bottle of whisky on a flight home but that’s about it.”

The couple, who have done the lottery for as long as they can remember, believe it was all down to fate.

Michael, aged 55, said: “I can’t believe the membership number Co-op gave to my mum years ago, to help her save money on her shopping, has also brought us this good fortune.

“Not only that, we bought the winning lottery ticket from Co-op as well.”

The couple's lucky numbers were 4, 11, 18, 41, 44 and the bonus ball 8.

It was later that evening, shortly after the draw, that Michael discovered his luck had changed but his wife thought it was all a joke.

“I didn’t believe him,” said the 55-year-old. “Even when I checked the numbers it didn’t seem real.”

The couple, who bought the ticket from the Co-op on Padgate Lane, are now planning for the future with a house move and a holiday at the top of their list as well as looking after their loved ones.

Despite the win, Margaret, who works as a part-time at an NHS clinic, has no plans of giving up her job anytime soon.

“I’m not ready to be a lady of leisure just yet,” she added.

But after winning the life-changing amount, Michael is still undecided about whether he will continue to work.

“I just don’t know yet. We are just going to wait and see what happens,” he added.

The couple have two children and three grandchildren, who are 'made up' for the lottery winners. 

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1:25pm Fri 10 Jan 14

warrington_biker says...

Buying a house, holiday and looking after family. That 500k wont last long.
Buying a house, holiday and looking after family. That 500k wont last long. warrington_biker

1:50pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

Congratulations have fun with it ! A very nice story .
Congratulations have fun with it ! A very nice story . Daz@SankeyviaOrford

2:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

mrdaveyasdfr says...

Congratulations. Make good choices and enjoy.
Nice to hear good news.
Congratulations. Make good choices and enjoy. Nice to hear good news. mrdaveyasdfr

4:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

marc81 says...

Vey nice, wish it was me... although I certainly wouldn't want it advertising to the whole world that i'd just won over half a million quid!
Vey nice, wish it was me... although I certainly wouldn't want it advertising to the whole world that i'd just won over half a million quid! marc81

9:14am Sat 11 Jan 14

Cabria says...

Best of luck to them
Best of luck to them Cabria

9:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

happytee39 says...

Big congrats to you both,some nice news in Warrington for a change..good on you
Big congrats to you both,some nice news in Warrington for a change..good on you happytee39

10:49am Sat 11 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

AT LEAST THAT CAN MOVE TO A "DECENT" AREA NOW
AT LEAST THAT CAN MOVE TO A "DECENT" AREA NOW MAD 4 IT

12:01pm Sat 11 Jan 14

boat man says...

Some of these comments are knocking me sick. I have known Mike all my life - he's a great guy and thoroughly deserves it. Made up for you mate - enjoy it!!
Some of these comments are knocking me sick. I have known Mike all my life - he's a great guy and thoroughly deserves it. Made up for you mate - enjoy it!! boat man

1:44pm Sat 11 Jan 14

happytee39 says...

Does it matter what area you come from? Nope it doesn't, my hubbys family are from orford, they are good people theres bad apples in every area, in every town in this country..its life..whether your from latchford or lymm, it doesn't matter.
Does it matter what area you come from? Nope it doesn't, my hubbys family are from orford, they are good people theres bad apples in every area, in every town in this country..its life..whether your from latchford or lymm, it doesn't matter. happytee39

6:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

moleogod says...

grats. have fun. fix them teeth
grats. have fun. fix them teeth moleogod

7:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

happytee39 says...

Why do people have to be so personal about others? Not needed at all.
Why do people have to be so personal about others? Not needed at all. happytee39

8:06am Sun 12 Jan 14

thesockpuppet says...

Brilliant, well done. Enjoy.
Brilliant, well done. Enjoy. thesockpuppet

11:40am Sun 12 Jan 14

Anna Fender says...

Giz some money i'm skint !
Giz some money i'm skint ! Anna Fender

12:42pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Mrs1979 says...

Enjoy your win $$$$$
Enjoy your win $$$$$ Mrs1979

4:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

MrBenggo says...

Good luck to them,"but don't know whether to carry on working"in all my years working I only went to work for to keep a roof over my head and food on the table and couldn't wait to retire.
Just imagine the sun is shining down,don't fancy going to work and half a million pound at the back of me.
Good luck to them,"but don't know whether to carry on working"in all my years working I only went to work for to keep a roof over my head and food on the table and couldn't wait to retire. Just imagine the sun is shining down,don't fancy going to work and half a million pound at the back of me. MrBenggo

7:39am Mon 13 Jan 14

Sadeyedlowlandboy says...

I just don't get some people. They win the lottery and then say they aren't going to do anything with the money. Why play in the first place? So boring.
I just don't get some people. They win the lottery and then say they aren't going to do anything with the money. Why play in the first place? So boring. Sadeyedlowlandboy

12:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Puleston Wealth Management says...

Make sure you also seek financial advice, but most of all enjoy your winnings congratulations to you both!
Make sure you also seek financial advice, but most of all enjoy your winnings congratulations to you both! Puleston Wealth Management

5:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bewseylad says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
AT LEAST THAT CAN MOVE TO A "DECENT" AREA NOW
Just remind us where you live, must definitely be in the best part of the Town
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: AT LEAST THAT CAN MOVE TO A "DECENT" AREA NOW[/p][/quote]Just remind us where you live, must definitely be in the best part of the Town Bewseylad

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