Robert Hutchison retires after £1m lottery win

Robert and Carol Hutchison
Image caption Even after calling Camelot the couple could not quite believe they had won more than £1m

A grandfather from East Sussex has left his job after winning more than £1m on the National Lottery.

HGV driver Robert Hutchison, 62, from Seaford and his wife Carol, 67, won £1,158,038 in the draw on 11 June.

Mr Hutchison was planning to retire at Christmas but handed in his notice when he discovered his millionaire status.

The couple played online and Mrs Hutchinson, who is already retired, received an e-mail on Sunday with news about the win.

"I was in the garden sorting out my pond when Carol called me in," said Mr Hutchison.

Journey by helicopter

"We both expected it to be a tenner and when I logged in, a big congratulations popped up. Neither of us could believe it, it was pretty surreal I guess."

The couple already had a holiday booked to Cornwall. They planned to take a three-hour ferry trip to the Scilly Isles.

Now they are going to upgrade and make the journey by helicopter.

They also plan to buy a new car, a holiday to Italy and a new bathroom, as well as helping out their four children and eight grandchildren.

Other recent winners from East Sussex include Jimmy Dean from Uckfield, who banked £134,457 earlier this month, and Matthew Breach from Battle, who won a Lotto triple rollover jackpot of £17.7m in March.

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