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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 10:52 GMT
Young family in 5m Lotto win
Craig Pope, Claire Owen and baby Seren
Craig Pope and partner Claire Owen plan to buy a house and car
A young family from Porth in Rhondda, south Wales, are celebrating after scooping 5m on the Lotto on Christmas Eve.

Software tester Craig Pope, 20, and Claire Owen, 21, matched six numbers in the special 24 December Superdraw.

The couple have a five-month-old baby called Seren.

Mr Pope said he would be splashing out on a box at the Millennium Stadium to watch Wales play England in the Six Nations rugby tournament in February.

Also on the list for the new year are a new house, a new car and a shopping spree.

"Our Christmas celebrations really were extra special this year with us all raising our glasses and toasting our good fortune," said Mr Pope.

Lotto
Meredith Davies and Kate Chester won 2m in October

"It's certainly one I won't forget in a hurry!"

"We could not ask for a better start to the new year or for our daughter's life."

Mr Pope bought the winning ticket in Tonyrefail, but did not check to see if they had won until the early hours of Christmas Day.

The couple were one of three jackpot winners in the special Christmas Eve draw, choosing the numbers 15, 19, 24, 36, 37 and 49.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a woman from south Wales who won almost 1m on the Lotto did not tell anyone about the prize until after her death.

Gail German, from Catsash, near Newport, won the cash around three years ago, and left much of the money to charity when she died.

Bob Bellew, who lived near Ms German, said the said the win came as a "complete surprise" to people in the area, and described her as "a lovely lady".

"She did not have much contact with anyone when she was poorly," he said.

"It was only later on when we found out about the win and we were very surprised."

Unclaimed prizes

More than 100 millionaires have been created by the Lotto in Wales since the draw began 10 years ago.

Earlier in December, it emerged that two prizes worth more than 1m had not been claimed in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 935,110 and 118,011 prizes related to draws in November and July.

Meanwhile, In October, Meredith Davies, from Drefach, near Lampeter, was celebrating after scooping just over 2m




SEE ALSO:
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