Chichester couple win £500,000 on Thunderball

Karen and David Ainger from Chichester win �500,000 on the Thunderball.''Picture by Brighton Togs/Skye Brackpool
Karen and David Ainger from Chichester win �500,000 on the Thunderball.''Picture by Brighton Togs/Skye Brackpool
James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

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A COUPLE were handed the best early Christmas present of a life-changing lottery win, making them £500,000 better off.

The lucky couple, David, 56, and Karen Ainger, 57, from Chichester, are still pinching themselves after their Thunderball win on Wednesday, December 10 and have hailed it as the perfect end to 2014.

Karen bought the Lucky Dip ticket at Sainsbury’s on Westhampnett Road in Chichester and it was her who discovered the win.

She said: ‘We are creatures of habit and always buy our tickets when we are doing the supermarket shop, putting the tickets in a little plastic wallet on the coffee table at home ready to be checked after the draws.

‘On this occasion, David had already gone to bed and I was thinking about following him when I remembered the tickets hadn’t been 
checked.

‘I wasn’t really paying too much attention but when I saw that our Lucky Dip five numbers and Thunderball matched I soon sat up!’