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RANGERS FAN'S pounds 3M LOTTO WIN; 35-year-old will pick up winnings at Ibrox today.

Byline: FRANK HURLEY

A MYSTERY Rangers fan is celebrating the perfect Old Firm Scottish Cup hangover cure - a huge pounds 3million lottery win.

The mystery Bluenose forgot the agony of Sunday's 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Celtic after sharing the pounds 15million Lotto superdraw prize.

He was one of five lucky punters who chose 7, 10, 17, 28, 29 and 33. And the 35-year-old is the first Scot to become a millionaire in 2005.

But Lottery bosses stayed tight-lipped about the winner's identity.

And they also refused to say whether Rangers boss Alex McLeish will get a chunk of the winnings to boost his

squad. Today the lucky fan will take his wife to the Blue Room at Ibrox Stadium to collect his bumper pounds 3m cheque.

And if he returns to work as a bill poster, his first job will be to paste up the numbers which landed him the jackpot.

Other Rangers fans to win millions on the lottery include engineer George Ross, 45, from East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. He and wife Terri, 44, scooped pounds 5.3m on a lucky dip ticket last October.

Terri hung up her dinner lady's apron at local Ballerup High School. But George, 45, a civil engineer, still works at South Lanarkshire Council's roads and transport department. George said: "I love my job. But Terri decided to stop."

It's not known if George invested in Rangers but Gers-daft Michael Carroll, 23, ploughed pounds 1m of his massive pounds 9.7m 2002 win into the Ibrox club.

The former dustman was quickly dubbed the "Lotto Lout" after landing a string of criminal convictions.

Last September he was released from jail after a five-month term for drug offences.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2005
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