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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Lottery winner 'saw it in tarot'
Deborah Mather
Mrs Mather thought a windfall was on its way
A woman who won more than 5m on the lottery says she saw her win predicted in a tarot reading.

Deborah Mather, 47, from Chorley, Lancashire, bought a ticket for Saturday's Lotto draw after dealing herself the wheel of fortune card.

The mother-of-one thought she might have a 10 win, but instead scooped the 5,150,514 jackpot.

"The cards told me there was a windfall to come - but I didn't think it was going to be this big," she said.

Mrs Mather left her home town of Liverpool at the age of 18 to live in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

I was shaking and jumping up and down and shouting 'I've won it, I've won it'
Deborah Mather

The former bookkeeper had to give up work after falling down a flight of stairs three years ago. She moved to Chorley at around the same time.

Mrs Mather said: "I had an accident and broke a lot of bones and could not work so decided to take up a hobby and the hobby was tarot card reading."

She is now thinking of using some of her millions for a dream move - also predicted in the cards - by going back to live in Wigan.

Mrs Mather said: "The cards never tell you anything that is not going to happen but I never thought in my wildest dreams it was going to be this."

'Dream car'

Mrs Mather bought the Lucky Dip ticket with the winning numbers - 12, 18, 22, 33, 43 and 48 - at a Spar shop in Wigan.

"I am afraid I was shaking and jumping up and down and shouting 'I've won it, I've won it'.

"It was absolutely fantastic, I have not slept for the last three days. I am really thrilled."

Mrs Mather also plans to go on a cruise and will buy her "dream car" - a Citroen C2 - as she does not want anything "too flash".

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