A COUPLE who run a pub in Guisborough have landed the region’s fourth major lottery win in a fortnight.

Geoff Hughes, the landlord of The Voyager Public House, and his wife Michelle, netted £77,862 in Saturday night’s Lotto draw.

The couple, who have managed the east Cleveland pub for just over a year, are overjoyed.

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Mrs Hughes said: “Geoff was chasing me to check our tickets, so I had a look at the TV and screamed with excitement when I realised we had matched five numbers. I rang my mum straightaway and told her about it, she said I had won about £2,000. I was overjoyed, I then looked at the screen again and realised I had actually got the bonus ball too.”

Mr Hughes added: “I thought Michelle was winding me up when she said we had won. It’s very exciting and strange all at the same time. I slept with our ticket under my pillow all night so no-one could pinch it.”

The couple plan to use their winnings to put down a deposit on a new house and enjoy holidays and a big party with friends and family.

The couple won with numbers they have put on every week since the lottery began and bought their winning ticket at Sainsbury’s Local in Guisborough.

Other lottery winners in the region in recent weeks include Andrew Garth from Middlesbrough, who won £1m on Christmas Day, the C-Shift Syndicate from Teesside who won £1m on New Year’s Day and Ian and Kim McCarthy from Washington who also won £1m on Christmas Day.