A South Wales couple who won a $76 million lotto jackpot spoke about the moment they realized they had become rich beyond their wildest dreams.

Les Scadding and his wife Samantha Peachey-Scadding celebrated with a traditional Sunday lunch at their local restaurant.

But in view of the occasion they say they washed it down with a couple of bottles of champagne.

The husband and wife shared a $152 million jackpot — the biggest ever in Britain — with a group of seven IT workers from Liverpool, who have all handed in their notices.

Les, 53, and 38-year-old Samantha, told reporters they could hardly believe their luck and had to double check their winning ticket.

Scadding said: "When I asked the people behind the counter to check the numbers the machine just printed out a pink slip telling me to contact Camelot.

"I thought I might have won around £50,000 and I rushed home to tell Samantha."

After a frantic check online, he said: "It was a very funny couple of minutes. We just looked at each other while it sunk in before we got on the phone to Camelot."

Scadding, who has three grown children from his first marriage, is a qualified mechanic but is currently out of work.

He had been looking for temporary driving contracts until his incredible win on Friday. His wife runs her own marketing company from home.

The couple say they will buy a bigger house and a bigger car — and spend the holidays in Barbados.

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