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Belfast man Mr T hits jackpot with £1m Lottery payout

By Amanda Poole

A mystery Northern Ireland man is celebrating an early Christmas present with a massive £1m Lottery win.

The man, who wants to be known only as ‘Mr T’, won the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw on November 25.

He won the life-changing amount without ever touching a ticket, as he played via the lottery interactive channels, that include the website and text message.

Yesterday the new millionaire was happy to be back at work and keeping a low profile.

“I’m a quiet and shy person,” Mr T told the Belfast Telegraph. “I don’t want any attention.”

One man who knows the lucky winner said he is a great guy who deserves his big win. “I’m so pleased for him,” he said. “I’m happy to see him do well, because he is a lovely guy.”

A National Lottery spokesman added: “Well done to Mr T. He has banked this amazing prize with just a few simple clicks — he didn’t even have to pick up a ticket.

“If you play interactively we not only check your numbers, but also let you know you have won — it couldn’t be easier.”

The draw on November 25 marked the beginning of the National Lottery’s Millionaires’ Month.

A total of 50 millionaires will be created in the countdown to Christmas. Lottery players from Northern Ireland have enjoyed a number of big wins in the past.

Among them is former east Belfast bus driver Peter Lavery (below), who won more than £10m in 1996, while in 2004 Iris Jeffrey from Belfast became the UK’s biggest single lottery winner, taking home a staggering £20.1m.

Kilkeel grandmother-of-seven Maire McKibben won £1.1m earlier this year, after buying the ticket on a whim.

The community worker was delighted to scoop the jackpot for her family syndicate after purchasing an extra five tickets in Rafferty’s garage in Kilkeel.

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