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Mr Higgins, 67, and his wife Lesley, 57, from Laurencekirk, were regular players of the Tuesday and Friday draw.
Ripped in two
Mr Higgins took last week's tickets into his local shop to be checked while he bought his tickets for the following week.He asked the retailer to run them through the machine in case of a winner.He said: "I handed the ticket over and the young man put it through the machine, telling me it wasn't a winner.  He ripped the ticket in two and threw it into the bin, as they would with all non-winning tickets.  But this time, the terminal produced a chitty which said I needed to retain my ticket and call Camelot."The retailer immediately grabbed it out of the bin and handed it to me, not realising it was a winner before he discarded it."
The couple have their eye on buying a property abroad
Although the ticket had been torn in two, all the numbers were still clear, so Mr Higgins took it back home to make the call.While his wife was having a nap, he logged onto the National Lottery website to double-check the numbers.He said: "The first matched, then the second matched, match, match - we had them all."When Lesley woke, I explained we had a winning ticket and what had happened.  I showed her the numbers, asked her to check and she misread them, thinking we were ?5.7m richer rather than an amazing ?57m."I felt really calm at that point - I think it was just sinking in - so I then called Camelot and explained what had happened."
The ticket was thrown in the bin as the shopkeeper checked the numbers
The torn ticket made processing the win slightly more complicated. A security team came out to see the couple and visit to the store to check the course of events and look at the CCTV footage.With the money firmly in their account, the retired Audi administrator and his wife, who worked as an account manager at the Montrose Port Authority, have already made their first purchase - a brand new Audi Cabriolet.Married for 35 years, Mr Higgins said: "We had a really comfortable life before the win but we did have dreams of living abroad.  We love Gozo, which is where my niece lives, so we always thought we would get somewhere out there."But I have to say since we won, I've got my eye on somewhere in France and Lesley seems to be looking at property in Barbados. I think it might be fun to explore a few places before we commit to buying anything."And as a keen collector of malt whisky, Mr Higgins said there may be a few more to add to his collection.  He added: "It is our wedding anniversary on 20 August and my birthday a couple of days later, so I think a celebration is in order before we decide what comes next."The couple bought and checked their winning ticket at the Scotmid in High Street, Laurencekirk. The winning EuroMillions numbers from the draw on 10 July were 3, 8, 26, 33, 45 and the two Lucky Stars were 7 and 10.
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