Couple one of 4,000 to win millionaire jackpot

Lottery winners including Denise and Robert Scarr (far right) at a celebration event in Cheshire with Natalie O'Brien from organisers Abstract (centre).''Images by Gareth Jones
Lottery winners including Denise and Robert Scarr (far right) at a celebration event in Cheshire with Natalie O'Brien from organisers Abstract (centre).''Images by Gareth Jones

A Morecambe couple have joined in a party to celebrate the National Lottery’s 4,000th millionaire winner.

Robert and Denise Scarr, who won £6.3m on the Lottery in April, attended a Champagne Millionaire Picnic bash in Cheshire.

The Scarrs joined other North West winners, who are worth more than £52m combined, at Inglewood Manor in Wirral.

It is six months since grandmother Denise bought a Lucky Dip Lotto ticket from Morrisons supermarket in Morecambe and her family’s life changed forever.

“It is fantastic that the National Lottery is celebrating creating 4,000 millionaires this year – this is an amazing milestone,” she said.

“The lottery changes the lives of so many people – not just the people who have won but their families and close friends too – in addition to all of the charities and good causes across the region which also benefit as a result of people playing.”

The Scarrs matched all six numbers as the sole winners during a rollover week.

Both then gave up their jobs, Denise in the fabric department at Dunelm Mill in Morecambe and Robert as a dumper truck driver at Back Lane Quarry in Carnforth. They said at the time their plans were to go on a world cruise, get a top of the range BMW car, a bigger house and lots of gifts for their family, including their seven children and 15 grandchildren, and a bungalow for Robert’s mum.

Records show 4,000 winners, worth more than £11.5 billion, have become millionaires since the Lottery began in 1994, 461 of them in the North West.

The biggest winner at the party was Brian Caswell from Bolton who won a whopping £24,951,269 on EuroMillions in 2009.