Couple buy two winning lotto tickets

John Ord and his wife Karen each bought a lottery ticket for last Saturday's draw believing the other would forget.

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Lighting strikes twice for lucky lotto winners

John and Karen Ord with their identical cheques
John and Karen Ord with their identical cheques Credit: ITV News

It was the misunderstanding that netted a Gateshead couple £200,000. John Ord & his wife Karen each bought a lottery ticket thinking the other would forget, using the same numbers as usual. It turned out to be the best mistake they've ever made when they both matched 5 numbers & the bonus ball

Couple win the lottery... twice

It was a misunderstanding that ended up netting a Gateshead couple nearly two hundred thousand pounds. John Ord and his wife Karen each bought a lottery ticket for last Saturday's draw believing the other would forget. It turned out to be the best mistake they have ever made.

Their identical tickets, made up of numbers from family birthdays, matched five numbers and the bonus ball. Today the pair received not one, but two identical cheques.