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Bad eyesight leads to lottery win
Yvonne White
Yvonne White's first purchase will be a car
A woman who filled in different numbers from usual on her lottery ticket by mistake because she had left her glasses in the car has won 86,000.

Yvonne White, 49, from Blaenffos, Pembrokeshire, had used her family's birthdays as lottery numbers for years.

However she realised when she got home from the shop she had made three mistakes filling in her Lotto form.

Mrs White, a care worker, now plans to spend some of the money on a new Mini once she has passed her driving test.

Her error meant she matched five numbers and the bonus ball to scoop a total of 86,110.

She said: "I couldn't find my specs but I thought I could manage. It was only later I realised I'd filled in the wrong numbers - and lucky for me they came up.

"I'd left my glasses in my handbag in the car and didn't have time to go back for them.

I hope to pass my test soon - and I'll definitely be wearing my glasses for that
Yvonne White

"So I thought I could cope - but filled in the boxes next to the right ones by mistake."

When Mrs White realised her mistake, she filled out a second card using her old numbers.

"I'm superstitious so I decided to stick with my regular numbers as well as the selection I had accidentally made.

"But it was my new numbers which were the lucky ones.

"At first I thought I had won 50 - so I was stunned when they checked my ticket in the shop and I found out it was more than 80,000."

'Big win'

She did have some warning good fortune was coming her way. Her mother-in-law Winnie White predicted the win during a tarot card reading, days before it happened.

"My mother-in-law was quite specific about the win.

"She said it would be a Saturday not a Wednesday and that it wouldn't be the jackpot but still a big win."

Mrs White is learning to drive and has decided to treat herself to a Mini Cooper car when she gets her licence.

"A nice new car is top of my list as most of my family lives in London, so I'll definitely be making a trip to see them," she said.

"I hope to pass my test soon - and I'll definitely be wearing my glasses for that."

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