David and Debra Allsobrook win £3.8m lottery jackpot


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The dream has finally come true for a man who scooped a £3.8 million lottery jackpot with his wife.

David Allsobrook, 48, and his 46-year-old wife Debra won £3,788,635 after matching all six numbers in the Lotto draw on October 6.

Mr Allsobrook, who has been playing the lottery since it began, said he once had a vivid dream that he had won the lottery and woke up, only to be disappointed.

The sales engineer said: "I literally woke up and thought I'd won the lottery and I was so disappointed that day when I found out I'd not won. I'm still waiting to think this is that same dream."

Describing how he felt after being told he had won, Mr Allsobrook said: "You just don't believe it. You think people are going to be shouting and screaming at you down the street. You just feel numb."

The identities of the couple, from Stretton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, were revealed at a press conference at the Branston Golf and Country Club in Branston.

Mr Allsobrook bought the winning ticket from his local Co-op in Stretton precinct.

He said he had played the same numbers, a random selection apart from 42, every week since the lottery began in 1994.

Mr Allsobrook said: "I buy them every Saturday morning whilst Deb is at work. I sometimes don't get to watch the National Lottery show so I always ask the assistant to check the tickets from the previous week.

"We have the usual banter, I ask if have to go to work on the Monday, but this week the chap behind the counter simply told me to phone the number of the back of the ticket because I'd won some cash.

"The shop was very busy with a large queue so I decided to call from the car.

"I called the National Lottery hotline and was chatting away expecting around a £100 or so, when the lady on the phone said with those numbers I'd won the jackpot of £3.7 million."

His wife, a stylist at a salon in Burton, did not believe him when he went and told her while she was colouring her cousin's hair.

"She came outside and I said we're millionaires. She said 'No no we're not' and I said 'Yes we are'. We had a hug and then she went back to work."

Mr Allsobrook, whose biggest win up to now had been £40, then went off to watch his club Burton Albion play Bristol Rovers, but not before finding a safe place to put the ticket, a metal sewing tin.

The couple, who have no children, have already bought their parents each new cars - a Toyota Yaris and a Vauxhall Astra - and plan to take their families on holiday with the first trip planned for Las Vegas next year.

Mr Allsobrook said they would not be playing the Lottery again and both have been back at work since the win.

He said: "Are we going to continue (playing)? We don't think so. Let somebody else win. I don't know where the luck has come from. We're just an ordinary couple and we still can't take it in.

"In the short term we're still both going to be working. In the long term we want to do something with it and help our families out as best we can."

The winning numbers were 1, 11, 16, 18, 27, 42 and the bonus ball was 4.