Lucky great gran scoops £4.3 mil­lion

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Felic­ity Mac­na­mara

A lucky great grand­mother who scooped a mas­sive £4.3 mil­lion on the lot­tery cel­e­brated by splash­ing out on a new pair of slip­pers. Jane Lewis, from Sowerby Bridge, won her share of a life chang­ing £12.9 mil­lion in the Lotto quadru­ple rollover draw on Wed­nes­day, June 17.

The re­tired seam­stress, who used to work at SR Gents in Hal­i­fax, has played the same two lines on Lotto since it launched.

But fol­low­ing her in­tu­ition, she de­cided to buy five Lucky Dips from the Sowerby Bridge Tesco store, a break in tra­di­tion which would change her life for­ever.

Mother-of-five Jane, 69, said: “I’ve never bought a Lucky Dip be­fore and never on a Wed­nes­day, I al­ways put my num­bers on Monday with- out fail, but I had this strange sense that I needed to buy this ticket.

“I don’t know why I went into the shop and thought to get a Lucky Dip, I thought ‘I’ve just bought five Lucky Dips, that’s £10 out of my pen­sion, it’s a lot’.”

That night, Jane, who has eleven gran­chil­dren and one great grand­child, sat down to check her num­bers and found she had matched all six main num­bers - 2, 8, 12, 15, 21 and 42.

Her first call was to one of her five sons to con­firm that she had hit the jack­pot.

“I gave my boy a fright call­ing so late at night, he thought some­thing ter­ri­ble had hap­pened,” Jane said.

“When I told him I thought I had won the lot­tery there was just si­lence at the other end of the line. He came straight round and we checked the num­bers to­gether, we fell into fits of gig­gles.

“You just can’t be­lieve it when it hap­pens, you just keep look­ing and you never think it could hap­pen to you.

“I had to keep check­ing, it didn’t re­ally sink in.”

But de­spite her mas­sive win, the first thing Jane bought was a pair of £18 slip­pers from Marks and Spencer.

Jane, orig­i­nally from Boo­tle, Liver­pool, added: “I got the bus into town to buy a new pair of slip­pers I’d had my eye on for a while and had been sav­ing up for.

“It was nice to buy them and not have to think i’ll have to save up or think about how much they cost.”

Also at the top of Jane’s shop­ping list is a home of her own and a head­stone for her son, who passed away more than 40 years ago.

Jane added: “I’ve rented a lit­tle one bed­room place for the last 11 years and I’d like another bed­room so fam­ily can come and stay. I bake a lot, and am al­ways whip­ping up a cake or two for friends’ birth­days or when peo­ple pop over – so it will be lovely to have a home with more space.

“For me, this win re­ally means that I have peace of mine, my fam­ily don’t ever have to worry about money again. It won’t change me, I’ll still do my shop­ping in the same place, I haven’t even checked my bank yet. I’m just me, with noughts in my bank.”

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