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FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS AS PLAYERS WIN AT CHRISTMAS TIMEA lottery win is fantastic news whenever it happens. However, if the windfall comes around the festive period, it makes that time of year even more special. Let’s take a look back in time at some players who have festive luck or helped others at Christmas.We’ll start just before Christmas when some of us are leaving it late to get all the Christmas shopping sorted out. That’s just what Stephanie Harkin from Northern Ireland did as she was braving the busy shops to buy some presents. She could afford more after buying a £100,000 winning National Lottery Diamond Riches scratch card.Two days before Christmas Day in 2015, Pedro Morales from California, USA, thought he’d won $1,000 but it turned out to be a $1m Big Money scratch card win.Christmas Eve 2016 saw Lisa Claire Smith from Bath in England have a fantastic time, as she won a £25,000 People’s Postcode Lottery prize.So, to Christmas Day and it’s great to receive presents and Zachary Pearson from Massachusetts, USA, received some scratch cards from friends. One was a winner and he used the proceeds to buy more, one of which won him the top prize on the ‘$1,000 a Week for Life’ scratch card game.A lottery win on Christmas Day is an absolute dream and that’s just what happened to a family from Bailieborough in Ireland last year. They checked a ticket that was on their car dashboard and unbelievably it was a €4.5m jackpot winning Irish Lotto ticket.Also having a life-changing Christmas Day in 2016 was John Gill from Warrington in Cheshire, England, who found out he’d won £1m in the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw.Once you’ve received your presents, it’s time to start eating. A man from Dublin in Ireland spent ages sweating over a hot oven to cook a Christmas dinner for his family, despite having recently won a €11.3m Irish Lotto jackpot.Manual Baez from Connecticut, USA, probably had a great Christmas but it got better for him on Boxing Day. That’s when he won $390,003 playing the Lucky for Life lottery game.It’s also good to help others less fortunate than yourselves. That’s just what Kenny Ashton from Sunderland in England did. Last year, he won £1m on a National Lottery 20 X scratch card and at Christmas time he helped out poorly children across the North-East of England.Give your dreams a chance and purchase your lottery tickets online at Lottery24.com.