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Coventry Pensioner Wins £100,000

A Coventry pensioner is thanking the luck of the Irish after scooping over £100,000 on the National Lottery.

Allesley man Tony Kerin could hardly believe his eyes when he checked his numbers after returning from a Saturday night meal with wife Nuala.

The 72-year-old was so convinced he had made some mistake that he called his son round to check the five numbers and the bonus ball he had matched – and confirm his £107,688 jackpot.

Grandfather Tony, who will now take his whole family on a dream trip to the USA in the new year, admits it was a huge shock.

He said: 

"We had just come back from a nice meal out when I remembered to look at the National Lottery numbers.

"I checked them against teletext and thought I had just matched five. I rang my son Michael and asked him to look at them for me.

"He said ‘Dad you haven’t just matched five, you’ve got the bonus number as well.

"I couldn’t believe it me and my wife were dumbfounded."

The couple, who have two children and four grandchildren, purchased their winning ticket from village newsagent Allesley News.

It is not the first time the former County Clare man has had a cash windfall from the draw – two years ago he won £3,000 after matching five numbers.

And despite these two sizeable wins, Kerin is holding out for the big one.

He said: 

"Everybody kept telling me how lucky I was then, but now I can’t believe my good fortune.

"I shall definitely carry on playing The National Lottery as I believe that maybe, just maybe, there is another win waiting for me."

Kerin has played The National Lottery every week since the launch and always purchases ten lines.

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