Pub regulars win lottery twice and landlord pockets £1m

David Long beat odds of 238 billion to one to win EuroMillions twice


Is this Britain's luckiest pub landlord?

A pub has raised the bar on serving trebles – after notching three £1million lottery wins.

David Long, a regular at The Mallard, toasted the first windfall on EuroMillions in 2013.

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And he enjoyed a double after landing a second £1million in the same draw in 2015 – beating odds of more than 283 billion to one.

David said at the time: "I always knew I'd win, even the first time. I just had a feeling it was going to be me. I tend to play when I know there are lots of prizes on the go."

But incredibly, landlord Ian Brooke, 43, has now made it a treble for the pub in Scunthorpe, North Lincs.

And the father-of-four, who has run the boozer for 18 years, has said he will honour a promise he made to hand £125,000 each to his two best friends.

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David, who was working as a HGV driver, nearly missed out on his first big win. He mistakenly thought he had won just £2.70 and chucked the ticket in the bin. But as he was on his way out he ­realised he needed to buy a newspaper, and retrieved the ticket to cash it in. David said: "I had to fish the ticket out of the bin and found when I got to the shop that it was worth a heck of a lot more.

"That win was fantastic and couldn't have come at a better time.

"Times had been really tough and I had been really ill for three years, unable to work leading up to it.

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David and Kathleen Long beat odds of 283 billion to one by winning the lottery twice

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"I lasted three days at work and then took early retirement."

David said his wins had been "amazing" and he had been able to treat the family, buy a new car and finally get hitched to partner Kathleen after a 12-year engagement.

The couple are believed to have stayed loyal to The Mallard and still live in their static caravan.

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