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PUBLISHED: 15:08 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 25 August 2010

PIC SHOWS ;PIC SHOWS ;JACKIE AND ARTHUR WRIGHT FROM ERITH KENT WINNERS OF 2.9 MLILLON ON THE LOTTO,AT ROWHILL GRANGE TODAY

PIC SHOWS ;PIC SHOWS ;JACKIE AND ARTHUR WRIGHT FROM ERITH KENT WINNERS OF 2.9 MLILLON ON THE LOTTO,AT ROWHILL GRANGE TODAY

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A COUPLE sip champagne as they celebrate winning almost £3 million by hitting the National Lottery jackpot.

A COUPLE sip champagne as they celebrate winning almost £3 million by hitting the National Lottery jackpot.

Still overwhelmed with shock Arthur Wright, 47, and his wife Jackie, 46, from Erith, were unveiled as overnight millionaires at Rowhill Grange, Wilmington, on Tuesday.

The factory worker, who works at GlaxoSmithKline, Temple Hill, Dartford, matched all six numbers on last Wednesday's draw, banking £2,964,163.

Processor operator Mr Wright said: "I don't even win raffles usually. In the 13 years we have been playing we have only won two or three tenners but you have to have a go.

"My dad's motto was always you have to speculate to accumulate."

The win was perfectly-timed as the couple are due to become grandparents in June and intend to use some of the money to buy new homes for their two eldest children.

The winning Lucky Dip ticket was purchased from TJ News in Northend Road, Erith, but Mr Wright said he was so keen to get home that day he nearly didn't play.

He said: "I was travelling back from work and looking forward to getting home so I contemplated not buying a ticket but something made me change my mind and go out of my way to the newsagents in Erith. I'm so glad I changed my mind.

"As we are getting our first grandchild we will help our children out. They need a property because they are in a rented bedsit, so that's the most urgent thing.

"We haven't really thought of anything else but we are planning to take the whole family on a trip to Disney World in Florida but that won't be for a while yet."

When checking the numbers last Thursday Mr Wright found it difficult to believe that he had won the top prize.

He said: "I thought someone was playing a practical joke so I checked online, on the TV and everywhere I could think of to confirm the numbers. Then I started to realise that it was either a very elaborate joke or we had won."

Manager of TJ News, Teja Sahota, who supplied the winning ticket, said he was glad for Mr Wright but a little jealous.

He said: "I wish I had won it but we're very glad it was one of our customers."

GlaxoSmithKline has given Mr Wright some time off to help him to adjust to the life changing win but says he intends to keep working for the time being.

He said: "I'm not sure yet but I'm in discussions with the company at the moment because I want to stay with them if I can."

The DA postcode was recently ranked the fifth luckiest postcode in the UK by Camelot staff.

The Wright's jackpot adds to the £103 million in top prizes already banked by winners in the area.

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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