Lottery couple to buy new knees

An OAP couple, who recently scooped £2,438,155 on the lottery, will not be splashing out on an extravagant holiday, luxury car or a mansion just yet. Instead, the first thing they will be spending their windfall on is a pair of new knees for the each of them.

Tony and Greta Dodd, aged 67 and 69 respectively of Wallasey, Merseyside, have been on the NHS waiting list for six months. But now they will book themselves an operation at a private hospital, costing approximately £10,000 a leg.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Mr Dodd.

“As soon as it sank in that this money was for real we decided the first thing we want is a new pair of knees each.”

Bizarrely, the rollover jackpot win from last Saturday’s draw came after Mr Dodd changed his numbers for the first time since the lottery began in 1994. The winning numbers were 3, 10, 21, 25, 29 and 49.

“When I went to the newsagent I was a bit flummoxed because I’d lost the form with the numbers filled-in on it,” Mr Dodd said.
 
“It meant I had to write a new one and for the life of me I couldn’t remember all the numbers – only the first five – so I just picked 49 as the last one at random. It was the greatest stroke of luck and I still can’t think where it came from. I can only say that fate was on my side.”

Mrs Dodd, who survived breast cancer seven years ago, plans to go on holiday to Las Vegas with her best friend Joyce Johnson after her operation.

“I have promised her that as soon as I’ve got my new knees we will both go to Las Vegas for a girly holiday,” said Mrs Dodd.