Couple scoop £1million prize with Lotto lucky dip to mark their one-year wedding anniversary and will buy holiday home in the Canary Islands
- Martin, 54, and Debbie Brandist, 48, won the prize days after first anniversary
- They are planning on buying a holiday home in Lanzarote with £1million cash
- Mr Brandist has quit his NHS job and the pair want to spend New Year in Paris
A lucky couple have won £1million on the lottery just days after celebrating their first wedding anniversary.
Martin Brandist, 54, and his wife Debbie, 48, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, marked one year since their wedding on Sunday – days before they announced their big win.
They are now planning to buy a holiday home in Lanzarote and want to spend New Year at Disneyland Paris.
The couple matched five main numbers and the bonus ball in the September 18 draw.
Keen angler Mr Brandist has now quit his job with the NHS, although his wife is planning on continuing in her role as a Health Service finance manager.
Martin Brandist, 54, and his wife Debbie, 48, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, marked one year together on Sunday – days before they announced their £1million win
Mr Brandist said he had been playing the National Lottery for 25 years with ‘the same numbers’, but it was a free lucky dip that bagged the couple their winnings.
He described how his wife danced around the bedroom ‘jigging about all over the place’ after checking the winning numbers at 6.30am, the morning after the draw.
Mr Brandist said: ‘In a daze, I dashed into the bedroom to ask Debbie to scan the ticket on her phone and unbelievably it came up with the same message, congratulating us.
‘At that point I was just standing there in shock, my face went white and my mouth was wide open.’
He added: ‘I’ve played the National Lottery since it started 25 years ago, with the same numbers made up of special birthdays and house numbers, but I never dreamt this would happen to us. It will make such a difference to us and our families.’
The couple, whose children are 23, 19, and 14, said they had dreamed of having their ‘own little place in Lanzarote’, with Mr Brandish planning a trip to the Canaries to start the property search.
Martin and Debbie Brandist from Nuneaton have won £1million on the lottery just days after their first wedding anniversary. They are pictured on their wedding day
They are now planning to buy a holiday home in Lanzarote and want to spend New Year at Disneyland Paris
He said: ‘We’ve always dreamed of having our own little place in Lanzarote where many bar and restaurant owners have become good friends over the years.
‘We enjoy the culture, the people, the sunshine. We love everything about it.
‘We’re now in a position where we can actually do this, we can live our dream and go out there several times a year, perhaps even spend winters out there and our relatives can use the house too.
‘Debbie has been learning the language for a while and one day we always said we’d want to move to Lanzarote full time. We still play the lottery. Lightning may strike twice, you never know.’
Mr Brandist explained it was the couple’s usual lottery numbers which helped bag the money, after they won a free lucky dip chance when matching two numbers on a previous weekend.
He said: ‘The following day it was a lovely sunny morning and I’d gone to our local garage to get some barbecue coals, thinking we’d have our last barbecue of the year rather than a Sunday roast.
‘That’s when I exchanged the free Lucky Dip for a go on the Wednesday draw – the night our lives were about to change forever.’
Martin and Debbie Brandist from Nuneaton have won £1million on the lottery just days after their first wedding anniversary
Mr Brandist, a former NHS materials management officer, is now taking a break from work and is planning on doing more volunteering before looking for a new role.
He is also planning on entering more angling competitions and, with that in mind, will have more space for his fishing tackle after treating himself to a Volkswagen T-Roc SUV, replacing his old Toyota Yaris.
Mrs Brandist said she has already bought some new clothes with the winnings but plans to keep in full-time work to stop her from getting ‘bored’.
She said: ‘I would be bored if I was at home full time. I want to see my daughter through school and sixth form too.
‘Martin didn’t believe that he had won at first. He wanted to check on my phone as well.’