Thunderball gran accidentally doubles up her lottery numbers – and they both win

A woman bought bought three tickets for Tuesday’s Thunderball draw but, in a distracted moment, put the same numbers on two of the tickets.

Unbelievably, both of them won.

Lucky Gayle Say, 56, was about to ask the shopkeeper if she could cancel one of the tickets but changed her mind, because "it's not like we will win anyway".

But the lines she duplicated matched the five numbers 4, 7, 20, 23, 27 and the Thunderball 8 meaning she won the £500,000 top prize twice over.

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Gayle also matched three numbers and the Thunderball on another line to claim an extra £20.

And in a one-in-a-million chance, she also won an extra £5,000 by matching five numbers and £10 for guessing three numbers on another line.

Gayle quit her job as a cleaner after scooping her mega rollover win.

She said: "I always go to the same shop to buy the tickets but after checking them I realised I'd chosen the same combination twice, one on each ticket.

"I thought about trying to get the ticket void but thought 'it doesn't matter, it's not like I will win anyway', and left the shop."

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Gayle realised her mistake had doubled her money later when she checked the Thunderball numbers on her phone.

She said: "With the tickets in my hand I rushed inside to tell Philip we had won and at the same time I realised another of the tickets had the same number line.

"I kept shouting 'we've won and we've won again!' Philip was scrambling around for his glasses to look at the phone to make sure I was right."

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"We were both shaking, my legs were wobbling and we just looked at the phone in shock."

Retired builder Philip, 65, said: "I immediately started to text the family with the news but no one believed me.

"I then saw a sight I will never forget, my wife dancing around the living room singing Frank Sinatra's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

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The couple, who have four grown-up children and seven grandchildren, plan to put deposits on houses for their family and help them with their rent.

Gayle added: "As well as helping out the family, all I want is for Philip to finish off the extension he is working on, and now with the winnings I can have a new kitchen."

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"I resigned last week after we found out about the win, worked my week's notice and as of today I am officially retired. It feels great."

The couple bought their Thunderball tickets from Nina's Convenience Store in Coventry.

Every Tuesday they buy multiple lines on three tickets based on door numbers, anniversaries and family birthdays.

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