Manager of Mildenhall charity shop wins lottery prize

Vera Firth has won �10,000 on the postcode lottery. She has been manager of the Age UK shop for 14 years.
Vera Firth has won �10,000 on the postcode lottery. She has been manager of the Age UK shop for 14 years.
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The manager of a Mildenhall charity shop was shocked to find out she had won a £10,000 prize thanks to the postcode lottery.

Val Firth was surprised at her West Row home by rugby legend Scott Quinnell who presented her with her prize.

She said: “When Scott first pulled the cheque out of the envelope I was thrilled as I thought it said I’d won £1,000.

“I was gobsmacked when I realised there was an extra zero and it was actually £10,000.”

Mrs Firth has managed Age UK’s Mildenhall shop for 14 years.

She began playing the People’s Postcode Lottery in July.

She said: “I never really expected to win anything though as I never win anything - not even raffles.”

Val and her husband were both had colds when they were told about the prize so were unable to celebrate.

She said: “As soon as we both feel better, we’ll probably go out for a meal. I’m starting to think about possible holidays now we have some extra cash. I’ve always wanted to go to Sicily.”

People’s Postcode Ambassador Scott Quinnell said: “It was lovely meeting Val and presenting her with her nice big cheque.

“She was over the moon when she thought she’s won £1,000, I thought she was going to collapse when she saw it was £10,000.

“I really hope she spends the money on something nice.”