We hit the jackpot - Lotto cash for couple

We've won: Mark and Penny Sutcliffe
We've won: Mark and Penny Sutcliffe

IT COULD be you... but it’s not – it’s Mark and Penny Sutcliffe.

The Northowram couple scooped a share of Saturday’s Lotto jackpot and are £988,373 richer.

Mark checked the numbers on Teletext on Sunday afternoon and immediately telephoned his wife who was walking the family dog around Ogden Water.

It has been a whirlwind few days but a new house, cruise, car, shopping, and gifts for their three childdren are already in the pipeline.

“I was just sat on the settee checking Teletext and did not quite believe it,” said Mark, 43, a warehouse manager.

“I looked three or four times.”

He phoned Penny and said: “You are not going to believe this but we’ve won the lottery.”

Penny, an energy consultant, rushed home with Maisy, a six-month-old black labrador.

“It was only after I spoke to Camelot that I started to get excited,” she said.

Athough, she wouldn’t have if the numbers came up the previous week as she admitted she forgot to buy a ticket.

The couple, married 11 years, play two lines, the first a combination of family birthdays, and the second with one number added to every date. It was the second line that won.

Mark said like anybody else they dreamed of winning the Lottery and wanted just enough to enjoy life and they were happy with their lot - the jackpot was shared amongst four winners.

“There are three other people sharing our happiness,” said Mark at a Bradford press conference.

“I’ve always fancied a cruise, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.”

Penny quipped in: “Or both!”

Mark was born in Northowram and Penny has lived in the village more than 20 years and are now house-hunting with the intention of staying local.

They have yet to make a decision on their working lives.

“It’s difficult for the win to sink in. It’s a very surreal feeling,” said Mark.

The winning ticket was kept on the kitchen worktop until its value was known and then Mark kept a close eye on it.

Their children are already drawing up a list of the latest gadgets.

Penny fancies a shopping trip to New York and buying plenty of shoes, Mark fancies an Audi Q5 and restoring his classic convertible VW Golf.

The winning ticket was bought at Towngate Stores, Northowram, where Laura Upite wished the couple all the best.

“I can’t believe it and am very happy for them,” she said.

“I saw Penny on Sunday and she was her happy, usual self - and bought some champagne.”

Last year Tesco, Brighouse, sold a jackpot winning ticket to a mystery winner. The amount was never publicised.

Other winners include Greetland couple Tony and Elaine Taylor, of Greetland, who bought a ticket at the Co-op, Elland, and won £9.4 million in 1997.

And, less than a mile from Greetland in Barkisland, another unrelated Taylor - Mick, won £4.1 million in 2000.

The next highest jackpot known is the £3.9 million won by Danny and Irene Firth, of Brighouse, in 1998.

Mark and Jean Fielden, of Todmorden, won £1.3 million in 1998.