Gap-toothed plasterer vows not to have his choppers fixed… despite wife scooping a £1m lotto win


A PLASTERER has vowed to keep his trademark wonky teeth despite his wife scooping £1million on a lottery scratchcard.

Down-to-earth Matt Fairfull, 62, has several front teeth missing but said he had no intention of wasting the winnings on expensive dental work.

 We have a grinner... Matt Fairfull and his wife Marilyn celebrate their winEast Anglia News Service We have a grinner… Matt Fairfull and his wife Marilyn celebrate their win

Instead he promised to keep his trademark smile, with one tooth poking out of his mouth when he grins.

When Matt was asked at the winners’ unveiling if he would pay to see a dentist he said: “No I won’t because it would not be me.

"I am what I am. I am happy with the way they are. I am the governor, no matter what.”

His factory worker wife Marilyn, 64, joked: “He won’t do anything I say. He does what he wants.”

 Bubbly gum... Matt and Marilyn enjoy cracking a bottle of ChampagneEast Anglia News Service Bubbly gum… Matt and Marilyn enjoy cracking a bottle of Champagne

But she admitted that she would “probably” pay for a dentist to improve her own discoloured teeth.

The couple who have four sons and five grandchildren said they wanted to spend their win on decorating their home in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

They are also splashing out on a trip Jamaica – which will be their first holiday in ten years – and a new sofa and giant TV, so Matt can watch the World Cup in comfort.

Self-employed Matt insisted he would not quit his seven-days-a-week job because he liked being busy and would not let customers down.

 Grin it to win it... plasterer Matt and factory worker Marilyn say the win won't change themEast Anglia News Service Grin it to win it… plasterer Matt and factory worker Marilyn say the win won't change them

He also has no plans to replace his 22-year-old Vauxhall Corsa van, which he bought five years ago for £470.

Matt said: “I have always been around old vehicles for work. I am used to old vans, and that is me.

“At the moment we have commitments for people and we need to settle down and take it from there.

“We are going to carry on and keep being normal people. It’s not going to be normal, but you want to keep yourself pretty straight and narrow.”

 The gappy couple... Matt says he won't move house or change his old banger for a fancy new carEast Anglia News Service The gappy couple… Matt says he won't move house or change his old banger for a fancy new car

Matt confessed that he had gone into work this week despite the win because he had promised a plastering job for someone moving home.

He joked that he would now be limiting himself to working “just six and a half days a week”.

Matt also insisted that he and his wife of 33 years did not want to move from their three-bedroom semi-detached house. He said: “We are happy where we are living.”

But he added: “Like everybody, we have had good times and bad times, but now it could get a little bit better.”

Tennis fan Marilyn who has never been to Wimbledon said she may buy herself a ticket for the mens’ final this year, as well as a new car to replace her 14-year-old Toyota Celica.

She also plans to cut back her hours at her part-time job packing greeting cards at a family run factory in Stowmarket.

Marilyn said she did not want to retire completely because she enjoyed working with her colleagues so much.

Her jackpot winning Monopoly Classic scratchcard was one of two she bought for £5 each from the Esso petrol station last Sunday, at Combs Ford, near Stowmarket.

She paid for the cards with a £10 win on another card, while on her way to pick up her son, who was travelling back to Stowmarket from Ipswich by bus.

As she waited for him in her car at the town’s station, she scratched one card which won £20 and then did the other one which turned out to be worth £1million.

She said: “I felt physically sick. I just didn’t believe it. I kept looking at the card until my son arrived, and I said: ‘Look at this.’ He just said, ‘Oh my God’.”




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