A young engaged couple from Co Tyrone are planning a dream wedding after scooping £100,000 on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Shane Woods and Lauren McCormack from Strabane, who are both 26, had their stroke of good fortune when Shane bought some cards from the Spar store on the Urney Road on December 20.
The very happy couple are due to get married in September 2015. They are already considering a new home, a new car and a luxury honeymoon thanks to their new-found wealth.
Scaffolder Shane works with local company P O’Neill Building Services, while fiancee Lauren works for Customized Training in Strabane.
Shane said: “I had actually bought a scratchcard the previous day and won £5 on it so when I went back into the shop, instead of asking for the winnings, I asked for two £2 scratchcards and £1 one instead. I went out to the car and scratched the cards. I was down to the last £1 card with two £5 amounts showing and two £100k amounts showing as I prepared to scratch off the last remaining number.
“When the final number revealed £100,000, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I checked the number of zeros a couple of times and was even asking myself if it was a fake!”
Lauren said she thought Shane was pulling her leg when he rang with the news, “but I was still really excited and couldn’t wait to see him and find out if it was really true,” she added.