Former Archant journalists Richard and Cathy Brown scoop £6m Lotto jackpot

PUBLISHED: 12:12 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:13 05 June 2013

Cathy and Richard Brown on board their boat at Levington.

Cathy and Richard Brown on board their boat at Levington.

Former Archant journalists have been revealed as the Ipswich couple who scooped £6million on the national lottery.

Richard and Cathy Brown discovered they had won the jackpot while moored in a marina in Newcastle as part of a trip around the UK on their 40ft yacht Brave.

After discovering their numbers had come in for the May 29 draw, the couple, who sail out of Levington marina, walked across the Millennium bridge and celebrated with a gin and tonic in a Newcastle bar.

Mr Brown said: “We tend to buy a month’s worth of tickets in our local Sainsburys for the Lotto draw.

“Before we set off on our adventure around Britain I had stocked up for the first month.

“As we were settling in for the evening in Newcastle, I decided to use the (Lotto) app I had downloaded as a bit of an experiment.

“Cathy was looking over my shoulder, first of all to see the app in action and then we both realised we had four, five, and then six of the numbers.

“I turned to my wife of 39 years and said ‘You’re a multi millionaire’.

“Despite our swift gin and tonic we are still reeling from that particular status.”

The couple won a total of £6,123,395 picking winning numbers were: 3, 5, 25, 33, 34, 35 and the bonus number of 14.

Mr Brown, 66, was deputy editor on East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Evening Star sub-editor while his 64-year-old wife was former editor of Let’s Talk based in Norwich and a features writer for the EADT.

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