Tommy and Carol Lisk from Loughor win more than £3million on the Lottery
WHEN Tommy and Carol Lisk tied the knot at St Joseph's Church in Neath on March 23, 1963, they could not afford a honeymoon.
Instead, the couple ploughed what money they had into buying a small bungalow in Loughor, where they still live today.
But now they can finally have the honeymoon of their dreams, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, after winning more than £3 million on the Lottery.
"We didn't have a honeymoon, we had just bought the bungalow," said Mr Lisk.
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"We will take a golden honeymoon now.
"We had already booked a cruise to the Baltic before the win but we have upgraded to deluxe accommodation."
The former miner, who ended his working life at Cynheidre Colliery in the 1980s, bought the winning ticket from Loughor's Cross Keys Garage.
Mr Lisk's winning numbers were 12, 19, 25, 36, 44, and 46.
He shared a jackpot of £6,166,176 on the Saturday, March 9, draw with one other very lucky ticket holder.
"I went on the computer to see how much we had won and I was cursing the other winner," he joked.
Mrs Lisk, who used to work as a domestic in Gorseinon Hospital, was in the process of getting up when her husband broke the news on Sunday morning.
The 78-year-old said: "Tommy told me about the win when I got out of bed on Sunday morning. He'd checked the numbers a few times on his computer.
"I didn't believe him at first and it's taken me a few days to start coming to terms with it.
"Looking back, it was a lovely Mother's Day present!"
The couple have no immediate plans for their windfall other than to make life more comfortable for the families of their sons Mark, 43, and Stephen, 41, and four grandchildren of school age, who live in the same area.
Still trying to come to terms with their £3,083,088 win, Mr Lisk said: "You go all those years thinking what you would do if you won the Lottery — then your mind goes blank!
"We've already got a couple of local golden wedding celebrations planned for friends and family and I'm sure the win will make the food and drink taste even better."
Mr Lisk added that he was due to attend another function, a reunion of his former pit colleagues next month, and he promised that he would stand them a round of drinks.
As for a new home, Mr Lisk, who used to play scrum half for Gorseinon Rugby Club, said they would not move away from the area but would like to have a change as long as he could still "see the roof of the British Legion" where he is a member.
Mrs Lisk, meanwhile, added: "We are thinking of a house in the sun in Majorca as a holiday home."
And with the Swans setting the soccer world alight at the moment, the Lisk family could also become the envy of Jack Army members everywhere with Mr Lisk adding: "I may get a box at the Liberty Stadium for my sons."
The win was, in fact, the second windfall for the couple this year.
Mr Lisk said: "I went mad when we won £60 two weeks ago with two numbers!"
The area is acquiring a reputation for being a lucky Lottery location with Mike Staddon, from nearby Gorseinon, winning £1.3 million seven years ago.
Mr Staddon and his family went on to swap their Gorseinon home for a £500,000 four-bedroom property in Penclawdd.
This Saturday's Lotto Jackpot is an estimated £6,100,000.