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Our £ 18 million Lotto prize has not changed us, says the oldest jackpot winners in Britain



The oldest British lottery winners who have won a £ 18 million prize return to their newly renovated home in which they have been living for 57 years.

Dennis Banfield, 87, and Shirley's wife, 83, has been living in a budget hotel of £ 66-pounds close as builders work on the family home.

The couple, who have been married for 60 years and have won the award in February, are looking forward to moving back to their home and having a quiet family with Christmas.

Dennis, 87, and Shirley Banfield, 83, with the daughters of Tina (pictured on the right) and Karen (pictured left, the oldest lottery winners ever came as they brought up the prize of £ 18 million in February

Dennis, 87, and Shirley Banfield, 83, with the daughters of Tina (pictured on the right) and Karen (pictured left, the oldest lottery winners ever came as they brought up the prize of £ 18 million in February

Dennis, 87, and Shirley Banfield, 83, with the daughters of Tina (pictured on the right) and Karen (pictured left, the oldest lottery winners ever came as they brought up the prize of £ 18 million in February

Instead of buying a new combined property, Banfield, who has lived in the above property for 57 years, refurbished while living in a budget hotel

Instead of buying a new combined property, Banfield, who has lived in the above property for 57 years, refurbished while living in a budget hotel

Instead of buying a new combined property, Banfield, who has lived in the above property for 57 years, refurbished while living in a budget hotel

The lucky couple raised their two daughters, Tina and Karen in the three bedroom property in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, which cost only £ 2,000 in 1961 and is now worth £ 316,000.

Speaking outside of the hotel to The Mirror, Mrs Banfield said: We decided to stay in the house and only inside it was completely suspended .

We've been there for 57 years now. We know the area, the house is not overlooked, it has a lovely big motorway.

We have gone back to see as we do it.

There's some way to go on, but we're hoping to move back within the next fortnight – we'll definitely be back into Christmas. & # 39;

Dennis, 87, and Shirley Banfield, 83, were delighted to win the jackpot and make their daughters safe in the future financially

Dennis, 87, and Shirley Banfield, 83, were delighted to win the jackpot and make their daughters safe in the future financially

Dennis, 87, and Shirley Banfield, 83, were delighted to win the jackpot and make their daughters safe in the future financially

The couple, who met on blind date, have been married for 60 years, and are looking forward to moving back to home

The couple, who met on blind date, have been married for 60 years, and are looking forward to moving back to home

The couple, who met on blind date, have been married for 60 years, and are looking forward to moving back to home

The house has a fan decorator that has parking nearby and a skip outside the finish of the renovations.

The couple, who met on a blind date and living in Winterbourne, a large village to the north of Bristol, have given a lot of money to charity.

Some of it has gone to community projects, the community association and the children's hospital.

Although some of it has gone to make sure their daughters, Tina, 55 and Karen, 52, are safe.

Mrs Banfield added: They have bought new housing with their share of the money.

Many mean we know they are looked after. & # 39;

When he won the money, Mr Banfield, the RAF veteran cut down in tears after years of telling his wife and children, it was only a matter of time; before they get the jackpot.

He revealed, in the months before winning the rest of the world, that his wife had even pleaded not to buy Lotto tickets as they never won anything.

But Mr Banfield was determined to continue playing every week, enforcing his wife to buy tickets from the local newsboxes on his behalf when he was in hospital over Christmas for knee surgery.

The couple (pictured center) have been generous for a charity and the local community with their wealth and also gave a large amount to Tina (pictured on the right) and Karen (in the picture on the left)

The couple (pictured center) have been generous for a charity and the local community with their wealth and also gave a large amount to Tina (pictured on the right) and Karen (in the picture on the left)

The couple (pictured center) have been generous for a charity and the local community with their wealth and also gave a large amount to Tina (pictured on the right) and Karen (in the picture on the left)

At the press conference in February, Mr Banfield said emotionally he had been buying tickets every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for 25 years as he hoped to make his daughters, Tina, 54, and Karen, 51, & is forever safe.

Mr Banfield served in the British Army in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy and later flew with the RAF in Egypt.

Later he became an electrician and worked for 40 years at the South West Electricity Board.

While Mrs Banfield worked in local government, before raising her daughters, as well as being a member of the church choir.

The family celebrated the exceptional award at the time by going to the local carvery.


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