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[19 OCT 98] COMMUNITY NEWS
Rugby Woman Wins Lottery Jackpot

A Rugby mum has hit the jackpot on the lottery, winning a staggering 8.9 million. Angela O’Connor was the only person in the whole country to match all six numbers in Saturday’s national draw, and the champagne corks are still popping today.

Mrs O’Connor, aged 38, from Chamberlain Road, Hillmorton, is married with four children. She was due to pick up her cheque for 8,904,558 at a special press conference in Birmingham today.

Before facing the papers she spoke to CWN on her husband’s mobile phone. She said:

‘’I am just so, so happy. Who would have thought it could be me. I am so happy, it is wonderful.’’

Her mum Elizabeth McIntyre also lives in Rugby. She said the whole town seemed to be celebrating today.

Speaking from her home in Boughton Road, Rugby, she said:

‘’Angela called me as I was playing bingo. We announced it over the microphone and everyone cheered. I still can’t believe that she did it. Everyone I have met since is smiling. I think it gives everyone a lift.’’

Mrs O’Connor has played the lottery since it began but she never thought she would win. She didn’t check her numbers until she came home on Saturday night after an evening out with her husband David.

Mrs McIntyre said:

‘’She checked them on the television and then kept on checking them. She was still checking them on Sunday, even when she knew for sure she had won. None of us can really believe it.’’

Mrs O’Connor works as a supervisor at an office cleaning firm OCS. Her 45-year-old husband teaches people to drive fork lift trucks. But, Mrs McIntyre confessed, neither of them were in the mood for work today. She said:

‘’They have gone to get the money and meet the newspapers. I think they feel like a king and queen it is wonderful.’’

The couple’s children Emma, aged 19, Charmaine aged 16, Nikita aged 13 and 10-year-old David, were also planning a major celebration. Mrs McIntyre said:

‘’I am sure Angela will take them shopping. It will be a great Christmas that’s for sure.’’

Mrs O’Connor’s winning numbers were 3, 25, 36, 37, 41 and 45 which scooped her a jackpot of 8,904,558. It is the second big win in the area in just a month. Just three weeks ago Daventry couple Kevan Moss and Vivienne Mole won more than 6,000,000 in the Saturday draw.
   

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