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Feathers 'signalled' lottery win

Susan Crossland and her husband Michael
The couple said they wanted to start fostering children

A mother-of-four who won 1.2m on the National Lottery has described how she got a "sign" she was going to win in the form of mysterious white feathers.

Susan Crossland said she believed the feathers she found in her garden a week before the win were a "gift" from her late father predicting good fortune.

Mrs Crossland, from Dewsbury, said she had found a single white feather after his death two years ago and kept it.

She won on Saturday, using the set of numbers her father used to play with.

Mrs Crossland, 44, said: "My win must have been fate which is why I saw the feathers and won on his number line."

New house

Her husband Michael, 39, said in the days leading up to the lottery win and his wife's 44th birthday on Friday, they began to find white feathers which had dropped into the garden.

He said: "She thought it was because of her dad and because it was near to her birthday.

"There was another white feather and then another white feather and then, obviously, it was the jackpot."

Mr Crossland said the origin of the feathers was still a mystery.

"Because I can't see birds landing in the garden what with having dogs," he said.

The couple, from Ravensthorpe, near Dewsbury, said they were still coming to terms with their win and had no plans to change their lives apart from buying a new house.

Asked about what they did on Monday morning, Mrs Crossland said: "He went to work and I went to Netto's".

Her husband said he would not give up work at Kershaw's Dairy, in Mirfield, despite the 0330 BST starts.

The couple said the money would help with their plans to start fostering children once they had moved.

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