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Family double as father scoops lotto windfall

Aug 21, 2003, 3:19 am

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A retired father of three is celebrating an £85,248 Lotto windfall - just two months after his son scooped £179,137.

Anthony McDonnell was presented with his cheque by his son Ian after the family double, which is estimated to have defied odds of 339 billion-to-one.

Mr McDonnell, 59, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, matched five numbers and the bonus ball in last Saturday's National Lottery draw - eight weeks after Ian, a 34-year-old finance worker, did the same.

Mr McDonnell senior told a press conference at his local newsagents, where both he and his son bought their winning tickets, that he was amazed at the family's good fortune.

He said he and his wife Eleanor discovered they had matched five numbers and the bonus ball when she checked their Lucky Dip ticket last Sunday.

The former builder added: "She shouted to let me know we had won and sounded really choked up so I knew she wasn't joking.

"I was completely speechless and just couldn't believe it - I had to go and double-check the numbers on Teletext before it finally sank in.

"Maybe another member of the family will win next as they say good luck comes in threes," Mr McDonnell added.


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Member #1610
June 3, 2003
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I lo

... the lottery never fails to surprise!
    fja's avatar - gnome1

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    Member #91
    January 19, 2002
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    They dont call them "Lucky Streaks" for nothing!!!

    "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields