A lucky Kent couple celebrates after winning the £ 300,000 jackpot on a Scrabble Lottery scratch card.
Louisa and Greg Tomlinson from Ash say the money will change their lives after a few difficult years.
Louisa has screened while recovering from a stroke and subsequent treatment to repair a hole in her heart.
Her poor health had a significant impact on their finances and future plans, but now these future plans look very bright. Louisa, 57, said: “It’s been a really tough couple of years.
“I had just started a new job when I had a stroke, and in treating it, the doctors discovered that I also had a hole in my heart.
“I haven’t worked since, and Greg, a trained electrician, had to take a part-time delivery job, so he was around to look after me when I recovered.”
The couple bought their winning scratch card at Tesco Extra in Broadstairs, Kent, just before Christmas.
Greg, 67, says he will never forget it: “There’s no particular reason I chose two Scrabble Cashword scratch cards, but I’m very glad I did.
“When we got home we put the groceries away and sat down with a cup of tea in hand to play our scratch cards.
“I was busy with mine when Louisa said ‘I think I won £ 10,000’, paused and counted the number of words she had revealed again and then said ‘Stop now, I think We have won a lot of money! ‘
“I looked at her scratch card and saw that she had revealed 12 words, which meant the top prize of £ 300,000. That kind of thing does not happen to people like us, so we checked, double-checked and tripled before I finally said, ‘I think We better call Camelot. ‘ When they confirmed the victory, we burst into tears. “
With their victory confirmed, the couple signed the back of the card, securely locked it away and then barely left the house for fear of losing it, the house burning down or their beloved Golden Retriever, Teddy, getting into the filing cabinet and eating it!
Louisa said: “It sounds crazy, but I was actually too scared to think about it and would not even look at the filing cabinet. I think we were in a state of shock and simply could not believe that our biggest dream, to finally buy our own home. “
With the money now in the bank, the couple, who have been married for 22 years and have 5 children, are wasting no time. Louisa has been back at Rightmove and has created a shortlist of properties to see in Norfolk.
“This is truly a dream come true, it will give us both a much better quality of life,” she said.
“Living in our own home that no one can take from us will give peace of mind and I am sure it will also be brilliant for my recovery.
“Once I’m back on my feet and we’ve recovered, I would like to volunteer at the local hospital to give back to the NHS, which took such good care of me. Without them, I would not be here today. for another really life-changing event, but this time a very good one! ”