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July 5, 1971: Herbalist was right!

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June 27, 2017

Shepparton cleaner, William "Bluey" Thorne, had 250,000 reasons to retire on Saturday.

Mr Thorne's Tatts ticket, "Willie Ever," won him $250,000 in the Grand National Hurdle race consultation.

Mr Thorne said that he and his wife, Neville, 50, were going on a long holiday.

"Perhaps we will go for a trip around the world a couple of times," he said.

The Thornes have three married daughters, Valerie 30, Lynette 28, Wilma 27, and two sons, Robbie, 17 and apprentice carpenter and Gregory 8.

Mr Thorne is pictured being congratulated by his wife (left) and Valerie.

Told by a herbalist several years ago he was lucky, Mr Thorne has since won $1000 from Tatts and $400 in the Queensland Golden Casket.

He has also been one number off in the NSW state lottery.

Mr Thorne will invest some money and buy a new car, “and of course we will share with all the children," they said.

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