The Mirror, 21/06/2001, p1
by SHAUN MILNE
SCOTLAND’S biggest ever lottery winners were in hiding last night after
scooping a mega £11.1million jackpot.
Stunned Derek and Sheila Wilson, from Fife, were holed up ahead of a
press conference today.
Friends said the quiet- living couple simply do not know what to do
with the money, adding: “They are shell-shocked.”
But it will be the perfect wedding day present for Sheila’s youngest
son Paul, 32, who marries his girlfriend Shirley in Ireland next month.
The winners were whisked away and unavailable for comment late last
But when asked how the new millionaires were coping, strapping son Paul
– who works in the Middle East – said: “How do you think they feel?”
Last night Sheila’s other two children Richard, 34, and Martin, 36,
both refused to comment.
The Wilson’s took a midweek rollover draw with the their numbers 7, 25,
31, 35, 39 and 45.
Bespectacled technician Derek, 54, and wife Sheila, 57, tried to keep
their win under wraps begging lottery organisers Camelot not to divulge
But the pair couldn’t keep the jackpot a secret.
Sheila, a former RAF worker, admitted to pals she was a “bag of nerves”.
The win eclipses that of John McGuinness from South Lanarkshire who
Sheila’s first husband Barry Fane said: “I wish her luck – but I don’t
envy the problems it could bring.”
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