Late father’s numbers bring lottery joy for Pontefract family

The Eccles family from Pontefract scooped �1.5m on the Lotto using the late Colin Eccles's numbers.
The Eccles family from Pontefract scooped �1.5m on the Lotto using the late Colin Eccles's numbers.
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A family syndicate has scooped £1.5m on the Lotto.

And it is all down to the foresight of their late father, who steadfastly played the same numbers each week and had predicted they would come up trumps one day.

The seven family members, led by Ann Eccles, 75, took over the numbers in 2004 following the death of Ann’s husband, Colin, who had played the same line since 1994.

The other members are the couple’s five sons, David, 56, Colin, 54, Peter, 52, Jason, 52, Mark, 46, and daughter Susan Smith, 49, and each will take home £216,314.

Foster carer Susan, said: “We put the numbers on every Wednesday when I take mum shopping. I phoned mum to check the numbers – I couldn’t check online so I got a printout from the local shop and ran through the numbers with her.

“As I was reading them out I thought they sounded familiar and we thought we had three numbers.

“I kept reading them out and then we had four, then five and then all six numbers in total!

“We couldn’t believe it and I didn’t think it was real at first but it was and our dreams have come true.

“Dad always used to say that one day these numbers would come up ... and he was proved right.

“I plan to spend my share of the money on paying off my mortgage, putting money away for our retirement, investing in a new three-bed caravan for my family and would love to take the family to Disneyland.

“We can’t wait to start planning how to spend the money.”

Ann worked at the Trebor Bassett sweet factory in her home town of Pontefract for nearly 20 years before retiring.

Still on cloud nine from the win, she said: “I still can’t believe the news that we’ve won.

“I haven’t slept a wink since I found out, I’ve been so excited and I can’t wait to celebrate.

“With my birthday next week and Christmas two weeks away this fantastic Lotto win couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I’m over the moon for me and my family as we’ve worked hard all our lives and it’s nice to have some financial security and good fortune.”

The entire Eccles family is planning on celebrating the win together with a meal at a local restaurant, although understandably they are keeping tight-lipped on where.

The family scooped a grand total of £1,514,204 in the draw on December 4.

And for the record, Colin’s winning numbers were 6, 12, 16, 18, 21, 29 and the bonus ball was 26.

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