Video: Batley lotto winner’s £6.5 million proposal

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A lottery winner finally found the courage to pop the question to his long-term partner – after finding out he had scooped £6.6 million on the lottery.

Graham Nield, 55, said he had thought about asking Amanda Vickers, 48, to marry him many times – but kept losing his nerve.

Amanda Vickers and Graham Nield celebrate their Lotto win and Graham popping the question. PIC: Ross Parry

Amanda Vickers and Graham Nield celebrate their Lotto win and Graham popping the question. PIC: Ross Parry

But when he found out that he had matched all six Lotto numbers, Mr Nield, from Batley, decided the moment was right.

“When we found out on Sunday that we’d won, I blurted out ‘Now will you marry me?’ to which she replied ‘Yes, but it isn’t because you’ve won the money, it’s because I love you’.”

Asked about the proposal, Ms Vickers added: “That meant more to me than the money. Winning the money? I’m more excited about getting married.”

The couple, who are both divorced, have been together for 10 years and have five grown-up children between them from previous relationships, and 13 grandchildren.

They said they only told their family about their windfall after Mr Nield formally asked Ms Vickers’ mother Joan, 72, for permission to marry her daughter.

Ms Vickers said her mother had no hesitation after he went down on bended knee in front of her and her father James, also 72.

Mr Nield admitted he had considered asking his partner to marry him several times over the years but “it just wouldn’t come out”. Ms Vickers said: “I’ve been hoping for 10 years.”

But the couple said they are still planning the simple register office ceremony followed by a big party for friends and family.

They have no plans for expensive engagement and wedding rings.

Ms Vickers said they were planning to use a ring they already had which has sentimental value to both of them.

The couple met at automotive firm Autoneum, where Mr Nield has worked for 25 years and Ms Vickers for 12.

She said she is planning to hand her notice in today – and Mr Nield is her boss, who will have to accept it!

WINNING MOMENT

Mr Nield bought his ticket from Tesco in Batley. His winning numbers were 15, 25, 26, 33, 34, and 41.

The couple did not check their ticket until Sunday evening because they were up at 2am that day securing a pitch at a local car boot sale.

Mr Nield said: “She (Amanda) just went ‘whoopee’ and went jumping around the room. I said ‘are you serious?’ and she said ‘yes, we’ve won, we’ve won’.”

They are proposing to use their money sensibly and so far have no plans beyond the wedding.