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14 May 2014, 11:29 | Updated: 14 May 2014, 14:15
An engineer from Loughton's celebrating after winning more than £1.2 million pounds on the lottery.
58 year old Terry Vigus and his wife Linda, 58, were watching TV on Saturday night when they turned over to check the winning Lotto numbers. They knew the numbers off by heart as they were all family birthdays and spotted that all six matched. Their share of the jackpot was £1,171,812.
Terry says the whole experience has left him feeling surprisingly spooked. He said: “Three weeks ago I had a very vivid dream about the lottery. I saw the balls drop and one by one they matched the numbers on my ticket. In my dream I had matched five and was waiting for the sixth ball to fall when I suddenly woke up!
"It was really annoying and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I told my wife although I hadn’t thought much more about it until the weekend when everything seemed to fit into place.”
And Terry believes he also has his daughter to thank: “I normally get a Lucky Dip ticket when I play Lotto but for some reason Lisa, my daughter suggested I do birthday dates this time. It’s the first time in years we have picked them… including her birthday. It just feels like someone was on my side this weekend. Now my head is spinning and I can’t sleep! I only ever won a tenner once before in all the years I’ve been playing.”
Terry, who works as an industrial door engineer, has been married to Linda for 35 years and they are now planning to buy the house they have lived in for 23 years. Terry – a keen fisherman - says he also hopes to treat Linda and himself to a top-of-the-range motorhome so Terry can enjoy more fishing trips.
The couple also plan to help their daughter by paying off her mortgage.
Terry said: “Winning this amount of money is enormous and totally life-changing for us. It’s taking time for me to make sense of it but I know it will make life for the whole family so much easier. No more money worries – it’s a good start.”