Single mother wins £8.5m lotto

It was one of the reasons why the National Lottery was created: making millionaires of normal people and changing their life for the better in the process.

You cannot help but be pleased for Jennifer Southall, of Newport, winner of Easter Saturday’s £8.5 million National Lottery draw.

The 43-year old divorced, single mum was on just above the minimum wage at £5.85/hour at her job as a cinema supervisor for 10 years, bringing home around £9,000 a year. Before her £8,372,751 win she admitted that she had “just a few quid in the bank”.

Learning of her jackpot win in her local Tesco, and after some jubilant celebrations at the checkout, she immediately marched over the road and handed in her notice to her boss.

"The shop assistant looked at me and said: 'I think you've won rather a lot of money,” she said.

"When she printed off the slip showing exactly what I'd won I started dancing from one foot to the other.

“A queue of people had built up behind me and they must have thought I was some sort of demented fool."

But now she has only one ambition; to spend, spend spend and enjoy her upturn in fortune.

“Even though I still feel sick and in shock at having won so much money, believe me I'm going to enjoy spending it,” she beamed.

On her shopping list is a big house with a swimming pool, a Spanish Villa, a family holiday to Egypt, a trip to New York and no doubt a lot of spoiling for her daughter, Lauren, 19, and two sons, Kyle, 17, and Jamie,14.

However, before those holidays abroad, Miss Southall will need to apply for a passport because she has never been abroad.

Miss Southall used to spend £7 a week playing the lottery, which works out as about more than £4,000 a year. But after finally hitting the jackpot on her lucky dip ticket with the numbers 23, 24, 30, 32, 33 and 37, she admitted she will still continue playing twice a week.

Unlike some big lottery winners, you cannot begrudge Jennifer Southall’s new found luck and keenness to enjoy every last penny of it.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-04-17 10:57:58




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