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New Year, new bank balance

New Year, new bank balance
Updated: Monday 21st September 2015

Winning a lottery jackpot must be a wonderful experience, but winning over the Christmas and New Year means that the lucky person starts a new year with a hefty bank balance instead of debt.

Karen Bottrill from Coalville won £1,106,528 from the 29 December Lotto draw, but didn’t check her ticket until 3 January 2008. Karen had already won £1,000 from Lotto by matching five numbers in November, but winning the last jackpot of the year shows that you can win, and win again. Adult daughter Donna had to help her mum double check the numbers on Ceefax, as all the excitement of ticking one number off after another until all six matched was too much for both of them. The family are still recovering from the shock, but they plan to buy a bigger house and relax knowing they are financially secure.

Christmas was celebrated in style in Basingstoke by Elizabeth Lovelock and family. Her husband gave her two ‘Christmas’ scratchcards bought with money he’d won on Thunderball. He’d told her to look out for Santa symbols, but when she’d scratched off three £100,000 symbols she knew she’d won a lot of cash. The money will be used to pay off the mortgage and buy a new kitchen, but also it was used to fly over her close family from Dubai to spend a family Christmas together.

Every Christmas for the rest of his life Lee Dimond a mechanic from Cosham will be celebrating with a £5,000 cheque. He won the prize from the ‘£5,000 every Christmas for Life’ bonus scratchcard. The money for 2007 has already been allocated to pay back a loan and to go towards his dream car, a 200 SX Nissan. And Lee has a whole year to plan how he’ll spend his next cheque.

Early in December 2007 a syndicate of five who work together at a Manchester Fencing Contractors won a £785,425 jackpot from the 5 December draw. They’ve played the lottery for three years, and no one had checked their ticket for this draw. It was only when syndicate leader Stephen Skinis overheard people talking of winning the lottery that he remembered to check the syndicate’s tickets, and was he glad he did! The win will enable him to holiday in Australia and buy treats for his parents, wife, children and grandchildren.
A few days before , from the 1 December draw, a syndicate from Warwick had heard they’d won a £7,603,209 jackpot entitling each member to a cheque for £475,200. The 16 factory floor workers were all frantically calling round each other when they saw their numbers come up, but syndicate leader Phil Harrhy was at home panicking that he’d not bought the ticket! Luckily he plays online, but he could not check at home and had to go to a neighbour’s house to log in and confirm the fantastic win to everyone.

Published: Tuesday 15th January 2008

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