Lucky British couple win $2m lottery prize for the second time in 2 years

Two-time lottery winners David Long and his wife Kathleen in a 2013 YouTube video by TheNationalLottery. -- PHOTO: THENATIONALLOTTERY/YOUTUBE
Two-time lottery winners David Long and his wife Kathleen in a 2013 YouTube video by TheNationalLottery. -- PHOTO: THENATIONALLOTTERY/YOUTUBE

LONDON - A lucky British couple has won a million-pound (S$2.04 million) lottery prize for the second time in two years.

Mr David Long and his wife Kathleen, who live in Scunthorpe in England, first won £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery in 2013. They got lucky again last Friday with another big win.

Mr Long told the Press Association that he knew "it would be his turn again some day".

Having bought some tickets last Friday, he checked his numbers in front of the television on Saturday and thought he had won a minor prize.

He said: "Then I checked the raffle codes, something I've learnt to do automatically since winning last time. After a few moments I very calmly called Kath in and said: 'Have a look at this. It's there. Look. Read that line'.

"Then she went up right close to our television on the wall, put on her glasses and stared really hard at the raffle numbers. It seemed ages and then she finally said: 'You said you'd do it again and you have!'"

EuroMillions lottery tickets in Britain have either three or five lines, with five main numbers and two Lucky Star numbers each. The prize money depends on how many numbers match.

Each ticket also has a nine-digit raffle code that wins a million-pound prize if drawn.

Besides the prize money, the Longs also won a high-end Jaguar car.

The lucky couple almost missed out on their first win in 2013. Mr Long had dumped the ticket in the trash after mistakenly thinking that they had won just a few pounds.

That win allowed Mr Long, then a lorry driver, to leave his job and marry Kathleen. They had been engaged for 12 years at that time, reported the Mirror.