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A retired couple from Ventnor are celebrating a lottery windfall after their numbers came up, scooping an incredible £115,486 on the National Lottery.

Robert McDowell, 67 (known as Bob) and his wife Carrie, 63 were on a road trip in Scotland when they discovered that their five numbers, which they inherited in 1996, and the bonus ball had come up on the Lotto draw on Saturday 18th May.

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Having always played two lines on a Wednesday and Saturday, the couple inherited a third line played by Carrie’s mother, Hilda, when she passed away. The winning ticket, purchased from the Co-Operative store in Rookley, came in some 17 years later although Bob and Carrie were considering stopping playing the National Lottery all together.

20130530-120617.jpgThe couple continued on their holiday in Scotland after discovering their win, walking around with their lottery ticket in their pocket and under the pillow at night.

The happy couple have now claimed their prize and shared the good news to local media at a press conference at The Royal Hotel in Ventnor this morning (Thursday).

Speaking about their good fortune, the couple told Island Echo: “You never think it is ever going to happen to you. We are still coming to terms with it, but it really is life changing. It’s security for us and we will be able to help family and friends.

Bob commented: “We will carry on playing”

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Bob and Carrie met in Stevenage some 40 years ago, before retiring to the Island in 2003.

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