A single mother has won a life-changing £250,000 on a scratchcard she bought in Bury St Edmunds.
The 40-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, scooped the prize on a ‘£250K Red’ National Lottery scratchcard she bought at the Spar in St Olaves Road two weeks ago – for just £2.
The woman, who lives on the Howard Estate with her six-year-old daughter, said: “It couldn’t believe it, it’s quite a shock really.”
She said it would probably not ‘sink in’ until the money was in her account but, with the cheque expected to arrive some time next week, she does not have long to wait.
She admits it will be nice not to have to worry about money but, other than paying off her debts, does not expect her life to change too much.
She intends to continue working her part-time job and is likely to continue living in her rented house.
She said: “I love my little job.”
“People keep saying ‘buy a house’, but I don’t know,” she added.
Spar manager Lisa Madden said sales on scratchcards had doubled since news of the win got out and sales on the £250K Red had increased by as much as 400 per cent.
She said: “Sales have actually gone up, they’ve doubled just on scratchcards. I think they think we’re going to get another in the store - the chances of that are slim but you never know.
“We used to sell one packet of each per day but the one she won on we’re actually selling three to four a day - that’s 160 tickets per packet.”
“It’s just nice to think it’s somebody you know and it’s somebody who comes into the store, and obviously it’s increased sales so that’s an even bigger bonus,” she added.
The lucky woman, who regularly visits the Spar, actually scratched the winning gamecard on the shop floor.
Ms Madden said: “She carried on scratching her other scratchcards and then handed it over and said ‘is that right’ and the person behind the till said ‘yes’. They contacted the Lottery and we’ve had Camelot come in to check our CCTV, to check it’s legit, and then they pay her and that’s the end of our involvement.”
The Spar has had £100 and £500 wins previously but nothing this big, until now.
“I wish it was me,” said Ms Madden.