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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Cumbrian wins £200,000 on the Lottery

A lucky west Cumbrian is celebrating after winning £200,000 on the Lottery.

Mystery surrounds the identity of the ticket buyer, but it is understood he is from the St Bees area and bought the winning ticket at the village post office.

Management at the post office were tight-lipped on the win yesterday.

The National Lottery has confirmed there was a £195,973 winner in Wednesday’s draw who matched five balls and the bonus. But they have opted out from any publicity.

News spread through the village following the win, where excited residents were eager to find out who scooped the cash.

Andrew McLoughlin, manager at the Queen’s Hotel, said: “Things like this don’t happen often in St Bees, so it’s good news for somebody.”

Wednesday night’s winner joins an exclusive club of Cumbrians made rich through the Lottery.

Christmas came early for four Whitehaven friends when they scooped £2.4m.

Jason Ball, Lea Somerfield and Alex McDonald of Jink Tattoo Studio in Whitehaven and their martial arts friend Nigel Fouracre won the cash in December 2012.

Callie Rogers, became one of the country’s youngest Lottery winner in July 2003 when she scooped £1.8m. Maryport couple George and Elizabeth Thompson won more than £2.8m the year before.

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