A lot of carrots and a new hairdo... how allotment-loving pensioner couple plan to celebrate £25m jackpot win - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

The wife of Britain’s £25m Euro jackpot winner today revealed how she planned to spend their new fortune - by getting her hair done every day.

Joan Caswell, 71, and husband Brian, 73, were asked how it would change their lives as they were presented with a cheque for £24,951,269.40.

Mrs Caswell said getting up in the morning and getting my hair and make-up done, adding: We can afford it now. It’s every woman’s dream.

While Brian, a keen gardener, insisted he wanted to move to a farm with stables and plenty of room to grow his prized vegetables.

But they insisted they want to stay nearby. Mr Caswell said: "This is a family win. Both my daughters are horse fanatics and would love to have a house with a stable.

"I will look to get a farm somewhere else with three houses where we can all live.

Mr Caswell was filmed on CCTV in his newsagent punching the air the moment he realised he had become Britain’s third-biggest Lottery winner.

He said he had his mother-in-law Flossie to thank for encouraging him to buy a ticket for the Euro Millions every week.

It had became a family tradition to take her to their local Morrissons in Bolton where they would daughters, his four grandchildren, his wife and her brother Ray - and then tell them to take their pick.

He added that when she died this year, he carried on buying the tickets, including one for himself, but never thought he would win.

After discovering their win, the couple stayed in on Saturday night and Mr Caswell tried to keep his feet on the ground with a trip to the couples allotment on Sunday morning.

Rumours of a local winner were circulating and he was amused to hear fellow gardeners joking that the winner would not be "up here digging the soil" after landing nearly £25 million.

Mr and Mrs Caswell, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier this year, are being looked after at a hotel by advisers from Camelot .

The grandfather, who would normally have been back in his allotment today, spent this morning in front of the worlds media at a press conference in London.

However friends of Joan and Brian, who is chairman of his local allotment society in Bolton, predicted the couple wouldn’t let their amazing stroke of luck go to their heads.

They expect their four grandchildren to be the ones who benefit the most, with Mr Caswell back out on his allotment as soon as he can.

Dave Jackson, 60, who has the neighbouring plot, said: ‘I’ve known Brian for nearly 20 years and this really couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. He loves his allotment and I’m sure we’ll see him back down there as soon as all this fuss dies down.’

Another fellow gardener said: ‘Brian’s a very modest man and I’m sure it will be his family who benefit.’

Enlarge Enlarge Winning formula: Brian passes over the ticket and the worker shows hes won

Enlarge Fist pump: Brian raises his hand in celebration as he scoops the £25m jackpot

The pensioners want to move to a farm with stables and enough property for the whole family.

"I will look to get a farm somewhere else with three houses where we can all live.

"It will transform all our lives and it is a lovely feeling to know that we can help out all the people close to our hearts."

Mr Caswell said he will splash out on a pricey Range Rover Vogue - whereas Mrs Caswell is contemplating spending a fortune on getting her hair and make-up done.

Mr Caswell said: "I travelled a lot for work but never got to go to South America and I have always wanted to go to Rio.

"Joan isnt a keen flyer but it will be much easier to persuade her now we can afford to go in the front of the plane.

"Also, I would like to stand at the foot of Everest. I once flew over it and would love to see it from the other end."

Modest: The £130,000 home currently shared by Mr and Mrs Caswell

Mr Caswell was one of two ticket holders who won £24,951,269.40 in last Friday’s EuroMillions draw, but the claimwas only confirmed by Camelot yesterday.

He becomes Britain’s third biggest Lottery millionaire – the biggest was postal worker Angela Kelly from East Kilbride,near Glasgow, who landed £35.4million in August 2007.

Not all of Mr Caswell’s relatives were aware of quite how much he had won. ‘I just presumed it was a tenner like he won the week before,’ said his eldest grandson James, 18. ‘It is fantastic news.’

Relatives said Mr Caswell had been a sales director for a brewerywhile his wife had worked as a bookbinder. Brother-in-law

Ray Flanagan, 65, said the couple may buy some land with stables for their children.

He added: ‘After Brian realised he’d won he went to the allotment to collect his thoughts. The others there were all saying “I bet the person who had won the lottery wouldn’t be digging holes now” – but of course he was. He loves his allotment.’

Mr Caswell and his wife live in a £130,000 three-bedroom semidetached house in the Halliwell district of Bolton. A ticketholder in Ireland will share the other half of the EuroMillions jackpot

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