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Bonus Ball Win for Post Office Worker

Bonus Ball Win for Post Office Worker
Updated: Tuesday 27th January 2015

A Lancashire post office worker is planning to take his family on a well deserved holiday after landing a Lotto Bonus Ball win worth £82,573 on Saturday 19 February. Darren Archer, who lives in Morecambe with his wife Ellen and their three children Natalie, Stephanie and Jake, bought a Lucky Dip ticket from his local Bargain Booze star, and ended up getting a much bigger bargain than he anticipated! What makes this story even more newsworthy is that Darren and his wife only play the Lotto occasionally, though they may now choose to play more often!

The lottery results for the Lotto game on Saturday 19 February were 06, 16, 26, 32, 34 and 46, and the Bonus Ball was 33. Nobody won the jackpot in that game, but Darren (as well as 17 other players) matched five of the main numbers and the Bonus Ball to secure his second-tier prize of £82,573.

Darren discovered that he had won when he checked his numbers the day after the draw. Like most lottery winners, his immediate instinct was to celebrate, but because Ellen was working until 3pm on Sunday, he had to wait for a while before he could start celebrating properly.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself when I realised we had won,” Darren explained. “My wife is a senior carer and was in work until 3pm, so I had to wait until she got home before we could pop to the local pub for a couple of celebratory drinks.”

Even after celebrating the Bonus Ball win, it is still taking some getting used to. “It all feels very surreal and the fact we have won is still sinking in,” Darren said. “The first thing we will spend the money on is a family holiday as we have never been away together before. We have not decided where we will go as yet but it is going to be special. It is something we have been wanting to do for a long time.”

We congratulate Darren and his family on their win, and wish them continued success in the future. The Lotto game this Wednesday 2 February will offer a rollover jackpot of around £7.2 million, and the EuroMillions game will boast a triple rollover jackpot of around £51 million, so click here to buy tickets and good luck!

Published: Tuesday 1st March 2011

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