Lotto Win at Frobisher House Puts Christmas Back on the Calendar
A part-time sales assistant from Southampton is reinstating Christmas and splashing out on a new Christmas tree after she matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Saturday 26 September to win £67,414.
Kathryn Dawkins (60), who had told her partner Tony Messom (53) they were cancelling Christmas mere hours before she discovered her win, believes that a lucky last minute decision to buy her ticket elsewhere bought about the change in fortune. Kathryn said:
“Every Saturday I pop around to our local garage to buy the daily paper and my Lotto tickets for that night. However, on Friday when I got off the bus from work, I went into the local Co-op to pick up some groceries. I had actually walked away from the counter when I decided to go back and buy my Lucky Dip Lotto tickets.
“I’ve absolutely no idea why I decided to do this, I really am a creature of habit, and even spookier, I said to the cashier, ‘you never know, this could be lucky for me!’ I had absolutely no idea just how lucky it would be and that it would put Christmas firmly back on the agenda in our home!”
With her ticket bought and safely stowed in her purse, Kathryn spent the rest of the weekend relaxing at home before popping around to the local garage on Sunday morning for her paper and to check her Lotto tickets. Grinning at the moment she discovered the win, Kathryn said:
“I know the girls in the petrol station well so when I went in on Sunday I joked that this was the winning ticket for them to check, we had a bit of a giggle about it but we went really quiet when the machine sounded and I was told it was a big win and I better ring Camelot.
“I walked home in a daze with the ticket scrunched in my hand and with absolutely no idea how much I’d won. Deep down I was hoping it would be £1,000 but didn’t dare believe I could be that lucky.”
Kathryn had in fact been very lucky, matching five numbers and the bonus ball to win a whopping £67,414. However, with little faith in her own good luck she didn’t let on to Tony what had happened in case it was a mistake, so waited until he went out to the garden and then called Camelot. She said:
“When the lady at the other end of the line told me it was a big win I sat down on the kitchen floor in case I fell over from shock! She had to tell me the number three times and in the end I had to write the amount of the win down on my ticket so that I could see it in black and white in front of me to really believe it.”
When Tony came in he thought that something awful had happened as he found Kathryn sitting on the kitchen floor in tears but soon realised these were tears of joy as she uttered those immortal words, ‘I’ve won the lottery.’
With Kathryn’s win now paid out she has started to make plans for the future, she said:
“I have barely slept since finding out about the win but have spent those sleepless hours writing list after list to establish how best to use this money. Top of the list is a shiny new 6ft Christmas tree and some seasonal accessories to make sure it’s not a cancelled Christmas but one to really remember!
Then there are a few more practical things like a new kitchen and bathroom, a replacement garden fence and possibly a new lounge suite. The rest of the money will be put away safely for the future.”
Kathryn bought her winning Lotto ticket at the Co-Op Welcome on Blechynden Terrace in Southampton.
The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like Kathryn as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £34m for National Lottery-funded projects every week. In her local Southampton postcode area alone there have been nearly 866 individual National Lottery grants made to date, funding projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.
In Kathryn’s own back yard National Lottery funding has helped:
- Townhill Infant School to develop a playground on school grounds providing safe play facilities for children in the school.
- The Society of St James to improve the health of homeless and vulnerable adults in Southampton by overcoming the financial and social barriers preventing them from participating in sports.
For more information on National Lottery funding please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.