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Early Christmas present for delighted Erpingham grandad with £1m Lottery win

PUBLISHED: 16:43 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:43 23 December 2014

Gordon and Shirley Dennis celebrate their £1M win with a EuroMillions raffle ticket from the draw on 19th December 2014. Picture: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Gordon and Shirley Dennis celebrate their £1M win with a EuroMillions raffle ticket from the draw on 19th December 2014. Picture: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Ady Kerry / Camelot

Christmas came early for a great grandad from north Norfolk when he discovered he had won a £1m windfall.

Gordon and Shirley Dennis celebrate their £1M win with a EuroMillions raffle ticket from the draw on 19th December 2014. Picture: Ady Kerry / CamelotGordon and Shirley Dennis celebrate their £1M win with a EuroMillions raffle ticket from the draw on 19th December 2014. Picture: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Retired RAF sergeant Gordon Dennis, 77, got more than he bargained for when he went to buy his daily paper on December 19, when he checked his ticket from the previous night’s EuroMillions Lucky Dip.

The cashier at Alby Service Station on Cromer Road said the winning ticket was too much to pay out, and told Mr Dennis to sign the ticket before heading home to call Camelot - the Lottery operator.

Mr Dennis, who lives in Erpingham with wife Shirley, 77, said: “I told Shirley that I’d had a win on EuroMillions and needed to call Camelot. My sister-in-law was with her, chatting away and they didn’t pay much attention to me making the call until I said, ‘it’s £1m’. They soon sat up and paid attention! Then they were jumping about with joy and couldn’t stop laughing.”

Since discovering the win, Mr and Mrs Dennis, who have been married for 61 years, have shared the news with their delighted family, which includes eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Celebrations have included many cups of tea and just one half of bitter shandy for Mr Dennis.

Mr Dennis said he was delighted the money would help make life a little more enjoyable for his family and had plans to share it with them all.

“There will certainly be a few nice cheques in the Christmas cards this year but the vast majority of the winnings will be invested,” he said. “Hopefully we will be able to make the money work a bit harder so the whole family can benefit in the longer term.”

The Alby Service Station manager said: “Mr Dennis is a loyal customer and we are really pleased for him. He always buys a single ticket, but I say, if luck is coming your way it will come on one ticket.”

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