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Friday, November 13, 1998 Published at 18:32 GMT


Hague's aunt fleeces National Lottery

Marjorie Longdin (right) celebrates with her family

The aunt of Conservative leader William Hague is celebrating her £856,648 National Lottery win - and plans to buy a prize ram for her Yorkshire farm.

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Marjorie Longdin, 73, only realised she had hit the jackpot when she was reading The Yorkshire Post on Thursday morning, after Wednesday night's draw.

After finding she had four numbers, she was looking forward to putting her winnings towards the cost of Christmas.

[ image: William Hague: Delighted for his aunt]
William Hague: Delighted for his aunt
When she matched all six, she could only utter: "Oh my god, I've got the lot."

"I just went all shaky," she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Her nephew William congratulated her good fortune. "It's very good, very funny," he said.

Asked if he would benefit too, he laughed: "We are a good Yorkshire family so I don't expect to see any of this money from Auntie Marjorie."

Mrs Longdin, a widow with four children and five grand-children, receives a quarter share of Wednesday's £3.4m jackpot.

Radio 5's Jonathan Hallewell visits Marjorie Longdin
She plans to buy a ram for her 300-acre farm at Tickhill, near Doncaster, new gates for the local church and treats for her family.

Mr Hague's mother, Stella, said: "She does the lottery every Wednesday, but didn't see the numbers being drawn so only found out when she checked them in the paper.

"She rang all the family when she found out and was over the moon. William is especially pleased for her."

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