Pads with the same number isn't good idea. You can create pads with different numbers, but assign two or more pads to single component pin.
For example, component has pins 1, 2, 3, pattern has pads 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B. You should assign pin 1 to pads 1A and 1B, and so on. To do it, load component in Component editor, open "Attached pattern" window, select attached pattern and drag connection from pin 1 to pad 1A, then from pad 1A to pad 1B. Connect other pins in the same way.
Ok thanks Alex, I'll try that.
-- 10 Apr 2012, 08:43 --
That worked well, still had to connect the extra pads in PCBLayout but no big deal, got the job done.