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He could today have been labouring under the title of Britain's unluckiest man.

But Gerry Kelly, estranged husband of Britain's biggest lottery winner, was assured last night: "You'll get a share."

He split from £35.4million jackpot winner Angela Kelly eight years ago but the couple never got round to divorce, partly to avoid further upset for their son John, now 14.

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Yesterday, amid the whirlwind of public scrutiny that has descended on her, she was unequivocal when asked if she would be happy to give Mr Kelly a stake.

"Of course I would, " she said. "Me and Gerry have always got on well since we split up.

"It was always amicable. That's why we never got divorced. We didn't want to put John through any more heartache so neither of us ever got round to it. We've never needed to.

"He's so happy for me and John. He's over the moon for me, really he is. I've spoken to him and he was just on about making sure John is OK and saying we'd never need to worry about anything again.

"I need to speak to Gerry and see what he's looking for. He's not an unreasonable man." Mr Kelly, 46, a transport manager at the same Royal Mail depot in Glasgow where Mrs Kelly was a £21, 000-a-year clerk until Monday, said: "I sincerely wish Angela all the best on her fantastic win."

Since their split Mrs Kelly, 40, has been dating another postal worker from the same Springburn sorting office, Billy Quinn.

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He will have been relieved to hear her state at a press conference in Falkirk yesterday that: "Things are going great there and we get on really well."

The £35, 425, 412 she scooped in last Friday's EuroMillions draw is now sitting in the bank where interest payments will yield twice Mrs Kelly's former annual salary every week.

Her interest each year, without touching the capital, will be more than £2million.

While the whole nation fantasises about what they would do with the fortune, she is basking (with admirable modesty) in the reality.

Her parents Patrick and Ellen are dead and she is looking to her younger sisters Elaine, 36, and Patricia, 38, to keep her feet on the ground.

She has worked for the Royal Mail since she was 16 and has been content with life in an £80, 000 two-bedroom ex-council flat in East Kilbride. "I'm quite a down-to-earth person, " she said. "I just don't know how I'm going to cope with it in the future, but I'm sure my two sisters will make sure I'm grounded and don't go mental.

"I feel totally in limbo at the moment. I think I just need to sit down for a couple of days with John, and get my thoughts together. I don't know when it will sink in."

When she went to work on Monday she spent the morning worrying about how proposed strike action by Royal Mail workers would affect her pay packet.

Her bank balance was "in the red" and she was expecting a tough few weeks.

"Even with one day off my pay packet it can be quite hard, " she said. Mrs Kelly said she would like to buy a large modern house in the countryside, but won't move far from her native East Kilbride because her son wants to carry on his education at the local comprehensive school.

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