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Family Pets Help Double Couple’s EuroMillions Win

A couple from the Isle of Wight are now looking forward to an early retirement after winning big on EuroMillions - and it’s all thanks to their dogs. Jane and Alan Slater, who have been playing lottery games for 20 years, matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star in the draw on Tuesday 29th September and initially thought they had won £149,089. However, they soon doubled that amount thanks to a misplaced ticket and the help of their two pooches.

Alan uncovered their first windfall the morning after the draw, when he was checking the football results as well as their EuroMillions numbers. When he realised what had happened, he ran upstairs to tell his wife. The couple rang lottery officials, told some friends and family, and started thinking about how to use the money for the future.

Four days after their first big win, the couple took their dogs, Ruby and Kai, for a walk and chatted about their good fortune. According to The Mirror, as they got back into the car, Ruby popped into the backseat, rustling a piece of paper nestled inside a catalogue. “I immediately reached down and picked up the slip of paper which turned out to be a lottery ticket,” recalled Jane. “I was convinced that Alan had taken the winning ticket to show some friends at work and I was livid he’d risked losing it.”

However, when the pair realised that Alan had simply purchased a separate ticket for the same draw, they burst into tears. Alan commented that “the ticket could so easily have disappeared in the rubbish when I tidied up the car, we couldn’t help feel that someone was looking down on us.”

With £298,178 now in the bank, the Slaters are planning to retire early as well as help their two grown children. Both Kai and Ruby will be getting some special treats for their efforts in helping their owners win big!

If the thought of losing what could be a winning EuroMillions ticket makes you feel a bit ill, you can always play online, which means that your ticket is securely stored in your account and can never be lost, stolen or damaged. You’ll also be notified of any wins straight away via email, meaning that you don’t need to rely on Fido to give you the good news.

Published: Fri, 16 October 2015 - 9:38am
Last Updated: Thu, 26 November 2015 - 9:45am
Published By: Euro-Millions.com