And finally… £1m lottery win for Stirling construction worker

And finally... £1m lottery win for Stirling construction worker

A 77-year-old terminally ill former construction worker and his wife are to splash out on a bungalow after winning £1 million on the National Lottery.

Ian Anderson from Stirling requires constant oxygen to help with his condition of pleural plaques and pulmonary fibrosis.

He believes his condition - scarring of the lungs - was brought on as a result of working in the construction industry for most of his life and being exposed to asbestos.

Now his wife Marlyn, Ian’s full-time carer, says the couple are looking forward to living out the rest of Ian’s life in comfort.

Marlyn said the win “couldn’t have come at a better time.”

She told the BBC: “It will ensure Ian can have the very best quality of life in the time he has left. As a result of Ian’s condition, he is unable to get upstairs.

“His health is deteriorating, and he struggles to breathe so we currently have our living room set up like a bedsit.”

She added: “Buying a bungalow will allow Ian to have his own bedroom and for us to have a sitting room too, all on one level.

“This will be so special as it is something we haven’t been able to do for such a long time.

“He will be able to live the rest of his life in comfort.”

The couple, who have been married for 32 years, bought a EuroMillions Lucky Dip ticket and initially thought they had won £1,000.

Marlyn said: “I then started to count the zeros - and couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing.

“I actually don’t think the news has fully sunk in yet. Neither Ian nor I can believe it.

“Winning the lottery can buy you things you couldn’t afford but it can’t buy your health, so the next best thing is to make your life as comfortable as you can.”

Ian and Marlyn have two children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

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