Couple win £111,000 in Lotto draw

LOTTO WIN: Emma Coulson and Robert Silcox celebrate their lottery success. Picture: STUART BOULTON

LOTTO WIN: Emma Coulson and Robert Silcox celebrate their lottery success. Picture: STUART BOULTON

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A HAIRDRESSER can put money worries behind her after scooping £111,812 in the National Lottery.

Emma Coulson and her partner of 24 years Robert Silcox, from Eaglescliffe, near Stockton, were on a caravan holiday in Cumbria with their daughters, aged two and ten, when they picked up the winning Lotto ticket.

A tearful Miss Coulson, 40, told how winning the money was a huge relief has her partner had been working long hours to make ends meet.

"He's been working really, really hard," she said. "It's been a very difficult time as we have had financial problems. This win is life changing for us as it means we don't have to worry."

Mr Silcox, 44, said he picked up the ticket by chance while searching for his favourite mixer.

"I wanted some sprite to go with my Southern Comfort and I couldn't find a bottle anywhere," he said. "I went from shop to shop. Eventually I went into Spar in Grange over Sands and picked one up, and decided to buy a lotto ticket while I was there."

A few days later he checked the numbers and couldn't believe his eyes.

Miss Coulson said: "When he first walked into the bedroom, his face was ashen. He said we'd won the lottery and I just thought he meant £100 or something. When he told me we had five numbers and the bonus ball I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

" We were just in a state of shock. It still hasn't sunk in, to be honest."

The couple now plan to work on their house as well as buying Mr Silcox, a builder, a new van. They also hope to go on another holiday soon.

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8:07pm Mon 11 Aug 14

theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes says...

And the very best of luck to you, enjoy it to the full!
And the very best of luck to you, enjoy it to the full! theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes
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8:17am Tue 12 Aug 14

Northcroft says...

Aye, good luck to them.




BUT, I did find it odd when interviewed on TV, saying (while they were on holiday. . . .) they were struggling, I suppose its all relative. Never yet known a hairdresser or a builder to struggle, don't tell me they are undercharging customers. . . .
Aye, good luck to them. BUT, I did find it odd when interviewed on TV, saying (while they were on holiday. . . .) they were struggling, I suppose its all relative. Never yet known a hairdresser or a builder to struggle, don't tell me they are undercharging customers. . . . Northcroft
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10:56am Tue 12 Aug 14

studio says...

Northcroft wrote:
Aye, good luck to them. BUT, I did find it odd when interviewed on TV, saying (while they were on holiday. . . .) they were struggling, I suppose its all relative. Never yet known a hairdresser or a builder to struggle, don't tell me they are undercharging customers. . . .
A caravan holiday in Cumbria, Hardly 2 weeks in St Lucia is it. Miserable sod.

I Hope they had a lovely holiday and enjoy the winnings! Well done!
[quote][p][bold]Northcroft[/bold] wrote: Aye, good luck to them. BUT, I did find it odd when interviewed on TV, saying (while they were on holiday. . . .) they were struggling, I suppose its all relative. Never yet known a hairdresser or a builder to struggle, don't tell me they are undercharging customers. . . .[/p][/quote]A caravan holiday in Cumbria, Hardly 2 weeks in St Lucia is it. Miserable sod. I Hope they had a lovely holiday and enjoy the winnings! Well done! studio
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12:01pm Wed 13 Aug 14

The Love Slug says...

good on you lad, enjoy it and all it brings.





Lucky gets!
good on you lad, enjoy it and all it brings. Lucky gets! The Love Slug
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11:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

GregC05 says...

Northcroft wrote:
Aye, good luck to them.




BUT, I did find it odd when interviewed on TV, saying (while they were on holiday. . . .) they were struggling, I suppose its all relative. Never yet known a hairdresser or a builder to struggle, don't tell me they are undercharging customers. . . .
You do realise that there has been a recession on for the last few years? Just because we have a trade doesn't mean that's what you do for a living.
Maybe people work hard to ensure the family get a break for at least a week every year.
Good luck Emma and Rob, enjoy it.
[quote][p][bold]Northcroft[/bold] wrote: Aye, good luck to them. BUT, I did find it odd when interviewed on TV, saying (while they were on holiday. . . .) they were struggling, I suppose its all relative. Never yet known a hairdresser or a builder to struggle, don't tell me they are undercharging customers. . . .[/p][/quote]You do realise that there has been a recession on for the last few years? Just because we have a trade doesn't mean that's what you do for a living. Maybe people work hard to ensure the family get a break for at least a week every year. Good luck Emma and Rob, enjoy it. GregC05
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