A retired support worker from Larkfield will be swapping her 20-year-old Nissan Micra for a newer model, after winning more than £21,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.
Mother-of-one Pauline Eley signed up to the life-saving charity’s Regular Lottery and Superdraw five years ago.
She thought nothing more of her £8-a-month subscription until she received a call telling her she had won the jackpot in last week’s draw with lucky numbers 3, 4, 16 and 22, picked from family birthdays.
In total, she won £21,087.36 which she is now planning to spend on a Skoda Fabia estate and a walking holiday in Wales. Pauline will also be treating her daughter to a newer car.
She said: “I feel very lucky because I never expected to win, I was just happy to support a great cause. I was so surprised and really pleased – I’ve never won anything before!
“On Saturday, I kept going to the front door to wait for the post and was so excited when the cheque arrived. Being retired, this win has come at a good time. I’m looking forward to celebrating!”
The charity’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.
For an extra £1 per week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000. To join the lottery go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833 833.
Pauline added: “The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is a very important and necessary service because at any time, a family member or friend could benefit from it.”