LUCKY CODE: Ad­dress proves to be a win­ner

Maria cel­e­brates £50,000 lot­tery win

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A lot­tery win­ner from Ick­en­ham got the sur­prise of a life­time when for­mer X Fac­tor star Danyl John­son pre­sented her with a cheque for £50,000.

Maria Stone was sit­ting at home, in Glebe Av­enue, when the singer showed up at her door to tell her she had won.

The 60-year-old had bought two £2 tick­ets for the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery in Jan­uary, dou­bling her win­nings.

She said: “I’m over­whelmed. It’s bril­liant news.

“I’m so glad I de­cided to give it a go and that I signed up with two tick­ets.”

She added: “I work at Pinewood Stu­dios but I’m off sick at the mo­ment.

“I’m re­ally glad of some good news this week as I’ve just been di­ag­nosed with a rare dis­ease called Myas­the­nia Gravis, which is an au­toim­mune con­di­tion.”

Mrs Stone, who has two chil­dren and three grand­chil­dren with her hus­band Lionel, has al­ready come up with some ways to spend her win­nings.

She said: “I can’t re­ally travel at the mo­ment with my ill­ness, but even­tu­ally I’d love to be able to visit my sis­ter in the Ca­nary Is­lands.

“We also need a new sofa, car­pet and some bills need to be paid.”

Mr John­son, who made it to the fi­nals of the sixth X Fac­tor se­ries in 2009, said: “Maria was so stunned with her win, I had to give her a hug.

“She needed some good news this week and I hope she is able to do all the things she wants to with her win­nings.”

Mrs Stone was one of two peo­ple in her street to win with the post­code UB10 8PF.

The other, who won £25,000 with a sin­gle ticket, was not at home when the singer ar­rived, so the money will be trans­ferred di­rectly into his or her bank ac­count.

Play­ers tak­ing part in the post­code lot­tery have raised more than £63.6m for var­i­ous char­i­ties and good causes across the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

SUR­PRISE: For­mer X Fac­tor star Danyl John­son presents Maria Stone with a cheque for £50,000

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