IT was around this time last year that David Allsobrook handed over the £1 coin which would change the lives of he and his wife forever.
That unassuming coin – seemingly no different than the ones he had been handing over for the past 48 years of his life – was the one which would lead them to win £3.7 million on the National Lottery.
As the anniversary of the win, on Saturday, draws closer, the Stretton couple said their big win had just about sunk in.
“They say it takes about a year, and I think that’s right,” Mr Allsobrook, now 49, told the Mail.
“For the first two or three months, we were just in a different world – we were just shell-shocked. We couldn’t really believe it or focus on it. Even now, we’ll just look at each other and laugh.”
Despite their initial shock, the pair seem to have settled in well to their millionaire lifestyle.
But for them there is little of the high-flying luxury which might be expected. Instead, they have used their fortune to help out the family and enjoy trips away.
Debra Allsobrook, 47, said: “We love to travel, so we wanted to do that rather than have possessions. We’re the type of people who love doing things rather than buying things. There were a lot of places we wanted to go.”
In the past year, they have travelled to destinations including Mexico, Italy and France, and even spent time ‘on a little adventure’ in the Greek islands.
The pair have also spent holidays in Scotland with Mr Allsobrook’s parents, and treated nieces and nephews to a holiday in Las Vegas.
They have also bought both sets of parents a brand new car, and have given money to siblings. They are hoping to be able to help nieces and nephews with deposits on properties when the need arises.
“Being able to help the family has been the best thing about the past year. If you can’t help the people you love then there’s something wrong. That’s just the sort of people we are,” said Mrs Allsobrook.
“My mum and dad had never had a brand new car in their lives. My dad now keeps polishing it all the time.”
The couple, who do not have children of their own, both gave up their jobs shortly after the win, though Mrs Allsobrook continued her job as a hairdresser for a month before styling her last client. They both said it had made life ‘a lot easier’.
The lack of employment meant they had the freedom to spend seven weeks exploring the Greek islands, after they headed out to visit friends.
“There was nothing to come back to and no restraints, so we did some touring. We went out there with just an iPad and went from there. It was fantastic,” Mr Allsobrook said.
“It’s given us the chance to do what we want to do and not worry about things. It’s given us security. It has changed our lives.”
At the moment, they are still living in the house they had before their windfall – though they have paid off the mortgage.
However, they have bought a plot of land elsewhere in the Burton area, where they plan to build their dream home.
They have also bought a couple of investment properties in the area, which they plan to rent out.
The first anniversary of their win coincides with the launch of the new National Lottery. Now priced at £2, there are more prizes available of varying amounts.
Mr Allsobrook, who still occasionally buys a lucky dip ticket when he heads to the shop, said he would urge anybody to try their luck.
“We were very lucky and fortunate, and anyone who can afford £2 should have a go and join the club,” he said.