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UK couple credit dog with discovering lottery double-win

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A couple who won nearly £150,000 (US$231,000) playing the multi-country Euromillions game doubled their prize after their dog found a second winning ticket for the same amount.

Shortly after Jane and Alan Slater's numbers came up in the draw on September 29th, their dog Ruby disturbed another forgotten ticket in their car.

It was tucked in a catalog in the car and flew out when Ruby and a second family dog jumped in after a walk.

The two tickets, for the same draw, were each worth £149,089.30.

'Burst into tears'

Jane and Alan Slater purchased the Euro Million tickets in Newport on the Isle of Wight, the largest and second most populous island of England.

Mrs. Slater, a hospital catering assistant, said: "We had a lovely walk... chatting about the amazing start to the week with our Euromillions win and how lucky we had been.

"As we got back in the car to head home, Ruby hopped on to the back seat with me and disturbed this piece of paper inside a catalog which gently floated down to my feet.

"I really can't explain the way this piece of paper floated, it was like you see in slow motion in films, as though someone wanted me to notice it."

The ticket was discovered on the labrador retriever's second birthday.

"We both burst into tears when we saw the second ticket was also a winner," Mr. Slater said. "It all happened in such a magical way, what with Ruby disturbing the ticket on her birthday and it floating so gently right in front of Jane's eyes."

Mrs. Slater said they bought tickets for several draws. Her husband had bought the second ticket not realizing she had already done so.

She said the winning numbers — 11, 14, 26, 29, 49, and Lucky Star 3 — are the same numbers they have used for 20 years of playing lotteries.

Mr. Slater, 65, a customer relations manager for Wightlink Ferries, said the win will mean he can retire a few months earlier than planned.

Ruby and the couple's other dog, border collie Kai, will also be getting some extra treats, Mr. and Mrs. Slater said.

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Posted: October 15, 2015, 9:41 am - IP Logged

what an awsome story hope the dog got a nice toy

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    Posted: October 15, 2015, 9:53 am - IP Logged

    Best wishes to them. And yes, self picks do win!

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      Posted: October 15, 2015, 9:58 am - IP Logged

      Image result for dogs and bacon Perhaps the ticket was laced with....l mean come on- dogs don't " just" dig up tickets.Well done Ruby.

      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        Posted: October 15, 2015, 10:45 am - IP Logged

        WTG , Congrats to the lucky couple and so glad you have a Yellow Lab.

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?

         

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          Posted: October 15, 2015, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to Alan & Jane Slater!!  $231,000.00 each. Of course, he can retire.

           Good Luck to them both when they play for the Million dollar jackpots.

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            Posted: October 15, 2015, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

            The next time you are on vacation in Europe, you really must visit the Isle of Wight. It is a fantastic little place, check it out!

            We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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              The next time you are on vacation in Europe, you really must visit the Isle of Wight. It is a fantastic little place, check it out!

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                Posted: October 17, 2015, 7:23 am - IP Logged

                WTG , Congrats to the lucky couple and so glad you have a Yellow Lab.

                Gives new meaning to 'Man's best friend'.  Now if my rescue fox/coon hound would do the same for me...

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                  Posted: October 17, 2015, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

                  Gives new meaning to 'Man's best friend'.  Now if my rescue fox/coon hound would do the same for me...

                  I can't agree with you enough. Dogs are truly man's best friend. Wondering if my cat can help too.Big Grin

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