Gay British Couple Wins More Than $1M in Lottery
Two men from South Wales are believed to be the the first gay couple in a civil ceremony to win a more than a million dollar lottery prize, the British. newspaper the Sun reported.
Ian Pearce, 45, and his partner Lyn Sexton, 41, received their £1 million (about U.S. $1,555,000) check last week at the same castle where they entered into a civil ceremony six years ago.
A civil ceremony, or civil partnership, is similar to a civil union in the U.S. The United Kingdom currently does not recognize marriage equality.
The couple came out to their friends and family two decades ago but shocked them once again with the announcement of their winnings.
"This isn’t the first time we’ve shocked our families -- but they’re fantastic and very happy for us. We love life and this will make it all the better," Sexton said.
Pink News reports that Pearce, a civil servant, and Ian, a physiotherapist, purchased the lottery ticket on a whim. The couple, who have been together for 16 years, found out they won the jackpot while spending the weekend in West Wales. By the time the pair returned home neighbors surrounded their home to congratulate them.