Batley lotto winner’s £6.5 million proposal – Top Stories – Yorkshire Evening Post

Smitten Graham Nield has been trying to pluck up the courage to propose to Amanda Vickers for 10 years. But as they danced around their living room on Sunday to celebrate the win, Graham, 55, grabbed her and asked: Now will you marry me? Delighted Amanda, 48, replied: Oh yes, but it isnt because you have loads of money, its because I love you. The pair, both divorcees, are planning a low-key ceremony at a register office in the next few weeks but will hold a whopper of a party for family and friends. Amanda said: I waited for him to propose for 10 years. I thought hed never ask. Graham told how he wanted to pop the question every day on a recent holiday in Tenerife. He said: Every morning over breakfast I tried to ask but I choked and the words just wouldnt come out. It was terrible. “But I knew on Sunday night when Amanda was jumping around with excitement that finally it was the right time. I now feel like I have won the jackpot twice. Graham, of Batley, West Yorkshire, plans to carry on working as a manager at a car parts firm. But Amanda, who works for him, intends to hand in her notice. The couple matched numbers 15, 25, 26, 33, 34 and 41 on Saturday but did not check their tickets until the day after. They will share the cash with their five children from previous relationships. Their win came as they moved in with Amandas parents Joan and James Vickers, both 72, to care for them after leaving their rented home. View gallery
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But when he found out that he had matched all six Lotto numbers, Mr Nield, from Batley, decided the moment was right. When we found out on Sunday that wed won, I blurted out Now will you marry me? to which she replied Yes, but it isnt because youve won the money, its because I love you. Asked about the proposal, Ms Vickers added: That meant more to me than the money. Winning the money? Im more excited about getting married. The couple, who are both divorced, have been together for 10 years and have five grown-up children between them from previous relationships, and 13 grandchildren. They said they only told their family about their windfall after Mr Nield formally asked Ms Vickers mother Joan, 72, for permission to marry her daughter. Ms Vickers said her mother had no hesitation after he went down on bended knee in front of her and her father James, also 72. Mr Nield admitted he had considered asking his partner to marry him several times over the years but it just wouldnt come out. Ms Vickers said: Ive been hoping for 10 years. But the couple said they are still planning the simple register office ceremony followed by a big party for friends and family. They have no plans for expensive engagement and wedding rings. Ms Vickers said they were planning to use a ring they already had which has sentimental value to both of them. The couple met at automotive firm Autoneum, where Mr Nield has worked for 25 years and Ms Vickers for 12.
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