Great Grandmother Wins Lotto Jackpot
The ‘golden years’ of great-grandmother of four Helen Walker and her husband Stanley, who are both aged 78, have suddenly got a lot more golden thanks to Helen winning a one-third share of the Lotto jackpot on Saturday 4 June. The jackpot was worth £4.4 million, so Helen is now £1,466,667 better off than she was last Saturday lunchtime. The couple live near Leeds and have been playing the lottery since it was launched in 1994, but despite a few minor wins the big prizes had always eluded them – until now, that is.
“We have the same regular numbers but Stanley and I always choose one set of numbers together, and this time Stanley picked out some random numbers,” Helen explained. “It got to about 11:30pm on Saturday night, Stanley had gone to bed and I thought I’d check our numbers to see if we’d been lucky.”
What happened next is something that lottery players everywhere dream about, as Helen continues: “I turned on the TV to check and when I saw that our numbers matched I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know whether to wake Stanley up or tell him in the morning, but I couldn’t keep it to myself and I had to wake him up!
“When I told him he couldn’t believe it either – in fact it took him half an hour to get out of bed and come downstairs! Neither of us could sleep though and on Sunday we told our children and grandchildren the good news. We had a small celebration and I had my first drink since Christmas day! I had some champagne and my favourite – Amaretto!”
So what do you do with £1.46 million when you’re already enjoying your golden years? “We plan on saving a bit of the money for ourselves, to make our retirement more comfortable, and then we’ll share the rest with our family,” Stanley said. “Every year we go to Florida, which we plan on doing again this year, but this time we will be able to travel in style and go first class! I still can’t believe we’ve won though – it really hasn’t sunk in. I’m sure as time progresses more will get added to the shopping list!”
We congratulate Helen and Stanley on their win, and we suspect that they might be tempted to have a go at the £60 million multi-rollover jackpot that is up for grabs in the EuroMillions game this Friday 10 June. If so, we wish them the very best of luck - and good luck to everyone else who decides to buy lottery tickets online for the big game!
Written by Ian BruceThursday 9th June 2011
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