Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Early birthday present for lottery winner

An Ash grandmother was given an early birthday present when she won the top prize of £1,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s charity lottery.

Retired personal assistant Diane Dobinson joined the fundraising regular lottery two years ago after a canvasser called at her door.

Her numbers came up in last Wednesday’s draw on the eve of her 66th birthday and it was her biggest lottery win since she was part of a work syndicate which won £2,000.

She said: “It’s amazing, what a birthday present. It was a nice surprise and I was in disbelief when I got the call to say I’d won.

“I joined the lottery because the Air Ambulance is a local charity and we never know when we may need it.”

Mrs Dobinson is now planning to spend her winnings on a family holiday to Devon with her three children and grand-children.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s regular lottery costs just £1 a week with 12 weekly winners of amounts ranging from £25 to £1,000.

The charity also has a Superdraw, which costs an additional £1 a week, and the maximum jackpot is £25,000 – a life-changing amount.

There was no winner in last week’s Superdraw which is expected to roll over to £17,000 this Wednesday. To join the lotteries, which raise more than a third of the charity’s income, call 01622 833808.

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