Lottery winning couple played for weeks before realising they scooped jackpot

A hard-working couple from Hucknall near Nottingham banked £10,000 every month for the next 30 years but didn't realise until two weeks later.

Laura Hoyle, 39, and Kirk Stevens, 37, matched all five main numbers plus the Life Ball to win the top prize in the Set For Life draw on 1 March.

But it was another 13 days before the couple realised their amazing good fortune.

Laura said: “I did get an alert just after the draw saying there was ‘good news about my ticket’ but I assumed I had won a fiver. I had received the same message before so didn't think too much of it.

“I even kept on playing for several more Set For Life draws before I got an email from Camelot requesting I log into my account and check my messages.

"I thought that was odd and even asked Kirk whether he thought it was real or not. I finally checked the App and saw there were lots of notifications there. It was then that the penny finally dropped that we should call Camelot fast!”

It was Friday afternoon when Laura, who works for a logistics firm, decided to call Camelot as she said it was impossible to stay focused on work where they confirmed she's won.

The celebrations started almost immediately, with Kirk popping open a bottle of Prosecco before Laura had even finished the call with Camelot.

Laura said: “By the end of Friday evening, we had finished off four bottles of Prosecco between us. Kirk fell fast asleep but I couldn’t sleep a wink. My mind was still racing and I stayed awake all night.

"The only thing I could do was to watch movies so I stayed up and watched the complete Divergent series, which helped pass six hours at least!”

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The pair took time to contact their families too and share the good news, however it took some persuasion to convince their family it wasn't a windup.

Kirk explained: “We called our parents first to tell them the news. Laura’s mum really wasn’t sure and decided to wait until we had it confirmed by Camelot before offering her congratulations.

“My mum was even more sceptical. She put the phone down on me three times! She kept saying, ‘You are having me on. I don’t believe you!’ When I called her back a third time, she said ‘Get Laura to call me!’ and put the phone down again!”

The couple now hopes that this win will allow them both to pursue their hobbies and passions. In Laura’s case, she hopes to develop her interest in home makeovers and design into a property management business.

Whilst Kirk, who works as an aeronautical engineer at Rolls Royce, is passionate about carpentry and is now setting up his own workshop to design and create bespoke wood furniture and accessories in his spare time.

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Kirk said he loves his job and has no plans to leave but Laura, who was working as an area manager for a delivery firm up until last week, has handed in her notice, completed a handover and already returned her company car.

As a result, the couple has made their first big purchase, in the shape of a Porsche Cayenne.

The couple is also hoping to put some of their free time to good use by volunteering to help St John Ambulance out again once restrictions have been lifted.

Laura & Kirk have been playing Set For Life since the game started in 2019.

They bought their winning Set For Life Lucky Dip ticket online via the National Lottery app, playing with the winning Set For Life numbers 9, 14, 19, 35, 37, and Life Ball 6 on March 1.

Set For Life from The National Lottery costs £1.50 per line to play, draws take place every Monday and Thursday and the top prize is £10k every month for 30 years.

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