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Meet Northern Ireland's latest Lottery winners - Co Down couple who founded Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

A couple from Co Down who founded a charity to help bring the remains of loved ones back to Ireland has won £1m in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker on June 20.

Eithne (61) and Colin (64) Bell lost their 26-year-old son Kevin, in 2013, when he was knocked down by a car in New York.

Their charity, the Kevin Bell Repatriation trust, has helped to repatriate the bodies of over 300 people who died in tragic circumstances while abroad.

Former teacher Colin and Eithne, a retired nursery school worker, were settling in for a quiet night in front of the telly when their evening took an unexpected and remarkable twist.

"I told Eithne I thought we had just won £1m and she laughed, thinking that I was joking But when I repeated it and she saw the look on my face, she soon realised that I was being serious," he said.

The couple, who have six other children, said most of their winnings would go on the family.

"I'm going to get myself a couple of premium level tickets for Croke Park," said Colin. "I'm also going to get Eithne a new car and she tells me she would like a new sunroom and a landscaped garden!"

The couple said they felt Kevin was looking down on them and enjoying their good fortune.

"Knowing Kevin he's probably up there saying 'I knew I could do something for you'. Kevin's still looking after us and looking after the rest of the family, in a different sort of way," said Eithne.

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