Bookie stuffed by Virgin Mary

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A female punter had God on her side when she used feast days of the Virgin Mary to win £200,000 at the bookmakers on the Irish Lottery.

The 52-year-old mum, from the Midlands, staked a £2 bet on last weekend’s draw and only checked her numbers after New Year before going to her local William Hill shop to collect her winnings.

The lady, who does not wish to be named, said: ‘I am a Roman Catholic and I used the feast days of Our Lady to land the win.

‘I am going to give a cheque to the church and say a prayer to Our Lady.

‘I lost my office job last year and my faith keeps me going.

‘I recall a lady in Ireland when I lived over there in Dublin winning £3 million on the Irish Lottery using feast days of Our Lady, so I’ve been doing it for the last five or six years.

‘My 90-year-old mother is from Galway and she always does three numbers every week with William Hill on the Irish Lottery. She’s delighted about the win and lives just near the William Hill shop.

‘I’ve got my rosary beads in my handbag and about four weeks ago – four of my numbers came up but I hadn’t done the numbers, so I decided I’d put five on between Christmas and New Year.

‘And as the draw was on the 29th I put that number in as it is the Archangel Gabriel’s feast day.

‘I’ve won the equivalent of more than 10 years wages tax free and it really is quite surreal.

‘I was walking round for three or four days – unaware that I had won.’

The punter is planning to purchase a new car with her 100,000-1 winnings and can afford to holiday in Lourdes – where there is a famous shrine to Our Lady – or in Rome, home of the Vatican.

Her winning numbers 1, 8, 15, 25 and 29 – the equivalent feast days:

January 1st  – Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

December 8th – Immaculate Conception

August 15th – The Assumption – when God assumed Mary into heaven following her death

March 25th – Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 29th – Archangel Gabriel feast day

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adam said: ‘We know God moves in mysterious ways, but this lady had all her New Year prayers answered in one go.

‘We’ve all heard of Lady Luck before, but Our Lady moves these winnings onto a different spiritual plain.

‘Gamblers with God on their side are clearly a force to be reckoned with.’

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