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£4.5m lottery win for Ulster punter

A mystery Northern Ireland national lottery winner is today sitting on a fortune of over £4.5m.

Lottery operators Camelot Group plc would not pinpoint where in the region the ticket was bought for the Lotto draw, but it is thought the lucky winner may hail from Co Londonderry.

The Belfast Telegraph understands a man in the north west could soon be in possession of the huge £4,593,096 pot.

The mystery player matched five numbers 2, 6, 27, 28, 40, 49 and the bonus ball, 14 following Lotto Draw 1420, which took place on Saturday.

A Camelot spokesman said: “There is a winner in Northern Ireland as a result of the weekend.”

Short Strand man Peter Lavery became Belfast's first lottery millionaire after winning £10.2m in May 1996.

The former Citybus driver has since raised money for a host of local charities and set up The Rita and Charles Trust in memory of his parents.

The UK's biggest single winner was Iris Jeffrey, from Belfast, who received a jackpot of £20.1m on 14 July, 2004.

Meanwhile Tracey Mackin was among the UK’s youngest winners when she picked up £1,055,101 in January 1998. The Glengormley girl was just 16-years-old when she picked the winning numbers.

And last year Londonderry man Ryan Magee scooped £6.4m in the Euromillions draw. The 27-year-old IT specialist splashed out on a dream Ferarri car with his winnings.

Belfast Telegraph