Northern Ireland

Euromillions: Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey wins £27m

Media captionAn unemployed woman from Strabane, County Tyrone, wins almost £27m in the Euromillions lottery.

An unemployed woman from Strabane, County Tyrone, has won almost £27m in the Euromillions lottery.

Margaret Loughrey, 48, matched five numbers and two lucky stars in Tuesday night's draw.

The win is the biggest ever jackpot in Northern Ireland and the £27m is already in her bank account.

Earlier on the day she bought the ticket, Margaret had been to the job market to get an application form for a job with a charity.

"Got up on Wednesday morning, checked the ticket, just had a notion, checked the ticket and that was it - five numbers, two stars, happy days," she told the BBC.

"I never panicked. I'm level-headed and I know I'll think it all through and do the right thing, see to the right people.

"It's in my name at the minute, it's £27m, it's not going to be mine, it's going to be spread around.

"No point having £27m and being lonely. That can't make me happy, that can only make me happy that everybody else's happy and so far everybody is absolutely delighted."

Margaret said she had been inundated with warm messages of support from the wider community, something she deeply appreciated.

She said the County Tyrone town would always remain her home and she had no intention of leaving.

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