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Roll call of Northern Ireland's lucky winning lotto players

By Joanne Sweeney

The Hamiltons join an elite and growing group of 82 millionaires created in Northern Ireland since the National Lottery was first introduced 20 years ago today.

They are the second biggest winners announced by the National Lottery and won £12,935,936.30.

Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey, who won £27m in the Euromillions in December, 2013, is understood to be the biggest jackpot winner in Northern Ireland. The 48-year-old, who was later publicly revealed as a winner by the media, decided to give £26m of her win to various charities.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey is the top public winner and won £21.1m in a Lotto Rollover in May, 2004. The mother had just been diagnosed with cancer and used some of the money to aid her treatment.

Former Belfast bus driver Peter Lavery, the most well-known of our lucky winners, scooped £12.1m in May, 1996. Londonderry man Ryan Magee won £6.4m in the draw on February 8, 2008.

Seamus Duffy from Greysteel, Co Londonderry won a Lotto jackpot of £4.5m in August, 2009, while Willie McConnell from Coleraine hit it lucky in August 1995 when he scooped £3.8m.

Eamonn Morrison and his wife Maura, from Cloughmills in Co Antrim, scooped £3.5m in November, 2001.

Co Down teenager Callum Fitzpatrick became the youngest ever winner when he picked up nearly £400,000 last month in the Lotto draw.

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