Lottery player wins twice by mistake

LONDON Wed Aug 1, 2007 11:55am EDT

A man fills in a lottery ticket at a Lotto receiving office in Dortmund in this October 6, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

A man fills in a lottery ticket at a Lotto receiving office in Dortmund in this October 6, 2006 file photo.

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LONDON (Reuters) - A lottery winner doubled his share of the jackpot to nearly 1 million pounds after he mistakenly bought two lucky tickets for the same draw, organizers Camelot said Wednesday.

Derek Ladner, 57, from Cornwall, and his wife Dawn, 60, won with their usual numbers in the mid-week draw, sharing the 2.4 million pounds jackpot with four other tickets.

A week later, he found a second identical ticket in his wallet and realized he had absent-mindedly entered twice.

Their double-share of the jackpot is worth just under a million pounds.

The pair have handed in their notice at work and are taking a break to decide how to spend their windfall.

"It's beginning to sink in," Ladner told a news conference. "We are going on holiday first...and then think about what we are going to do for the rest of our lives."

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