Bournemouth gran who sells lottery tickets at Asda Castlepoint wins £300k on a scratchcard

Bournemouth gran who sells lottery tickets for a living wins £300k on a scratchcard

Bournemouth gran who sells lottery tickets for a living wins £300k on a scratchcard

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A BOURNEMOUTH grandmother has struck it lucky scooping a dream prize of £300,000 on a lottery scratchcard.

And Asda Castlepoint cashier Wendy Finch has wasted no time at all in spending some of her fortune, putting in an offer on a two-bedroom flat in Bournemouth as well as booking a Disney World holiday.

Wendy, 52, who has three grown-up sons and six grandchildren, won her new-found fortune just 10 days ago on a National Lottery Bingo Red Scratchcard.

The new flat is world away from the one-room rented lodgings she is currently living in, where she shares a kitchen and bathroom.

Wendy said: “It's a lovely ground floor apartment with its own kitchen and bathroom and living space, two bedrooms and a garden. It will be absolute luxury for us; we really won't know what to do with ourselves.”

Wendy bought her winning scratchcard at the Asda kiosk where she works before her afternoon shift on Monday July 14.

She had already won £20 on another scratchcard bought at a shop near her home in Bournemouth, but decided to cash in the Scratchcard before starting her shift that day.

“I needed to top up my phone card so I used most of my £20 winnings on that, but on the spur of the moment decided to spend the loose change on another Scratchcard,” she said.

“I took the card with me to the Asda staff canteen to eat my lunch of salad and chips before starting my shift. But as I began to scratch it I thought less about the chips and more about what looked to me like a £300,000 top prize staring up at me from the table.

“I just couldn't believe my eyes and kept staring at the scratchcard.

“A couple of work colleagues I was with said I'd turned a funny colour - and when I took it back to the lottery terminal to check, the lady who sold me the Scratchcard turned a funny colour too.

SHe added: “My reaction was one of happiness, tears, joy and excitement, all rolled into one. I was shaking with so much excitement that I couldn't work, I had to ask for the day off.”

“One of my colleagues who sold me the scratchcard said she hoped I would be a winner, but I've never been lucky like this before and never for a moment thought that luck was about to change.

“It was the best bit of shopping I've ever done - the £3 I spent on that Scratchcard become £300,000. I still can't believe it.”

Wendy, whose grandchildren range in age from two to eight, said she has no intention of giving up work. “I love my job and I always wish my lottery regulars 'Good Luck'. It's a very happy place to work and I'd miss seeing all the customers.”

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1:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Congratulations to her, spend it wisely and be sure to set some aside for a rainy day. Nice to hear good news for a change :)
Congratulations to her, spend it wisely and be sure to set some aside for a rainy day. Nice to hear good news for a change :) Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 39

1:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Brilliant news!! Bet her landlord is gutted - haha!
Brilliant news!! Bet her landlord is gutted - haha! misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 22

2:16pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Dahlia77 says...

I heard of this ladies winning through one of her co workers and am told that it couldn't have been won by a more deserving person. It sounded like she really needed it at this time in her life. I wish her all the best not having to worry about the next pay day for quite a while.
I heard of this ladies winning through one of her co workers and am told that it couldn't have been won by a more deserving person. It sounded like she really needed it at this time in her life. I wish her all the best not having to worry about the next pay day for quite a while. Dahlia77
  • Score: 39

2:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

crazybird says...

How lovely - I hope she enjoys every penny. One of my friends won a car on a scratchcard two weeks ago.
How lovely - I hope she enjoys every penny. One of my friends won a car on a scratchcard two weeks ago. crazybird
  • Score: 17

2:52pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Brilliant spend it on what makes you happy i knowi would. Having lost a best friend and brother in law this year sod spending it wisely.
Brilliant spend it on what makes you happy i knowi would. Having lost a best friend and brother in law this year sod spending it wisely. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 15

3:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

What a lucky lady and it sounds as though the money is being spent very wisely, a few treats and a nice new home of her own.
What a lucky lady and it sounds as though the money is being spent very wisely, a few treats and a nice new home of her own. muscliffman
  • Score: 18

3:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Gambling can seriously damage your wealth.

The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard.

And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.
Gambling can seriously damage your wealth. The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard. And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -40

4:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

Good for the lady, she paid her cash so she had a chance to win and she did.!! As the saying goes if your not in it you cant win it in her case very good timing.good luck to both her and her family, nice news.!
Good for the lady, she paid her cash so she had a chance to win and she did.!! As the saying goes if your not in it you cant win it in her case very good timing.good luck to both her and her family, nice news.! bosco1
  • Score: 9

6:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mungobean says...

what a lovely story. congratulations!! hope you thoroughly enjoy spending your winnings xx
what a lovely story. congratulations!! hope you thoroughly enjoy spending your winnings xx mungobean
  • Score: 8

6:09pm Thu 24 Jul 14

fuhamfc12 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Gambling can seriously damage your wealth.

The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard.

And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.
I think your jealous that this lady is better off than you and will and can do what she likes.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Gambling can seriously damage your wealth. The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard. And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.[/p][/quote]I think your jealous that this lady is better off than you and will and can do what she likes. fuhamfc12
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

fuhamfc12 wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Gambling can seriously damage your wealth.

The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard.

And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.
I think your jealous that this lady is better off than you and will and can do what she likes.
Not true.
I am never jealous. It is an emotion, along with a few others that I lack and am better off for it, according to my patients.
[quote][p][bold]fuhamfc12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Gambling can seriously damage your wealth. The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard. And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.[/p][/quote]I think your jealous that this lady is better off than you and will and can do what she likes.[/p][/quote]Not true. I am never jealous. It is an emotion, along with a few others that I lack and am better off for it, according to my patients. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -14

10:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mudefordguy says...

Maybe if she wasn't buying scratch cards all the time she would have been able to buy a flat before.
Maybe if she wasn't buying scratch cards all the time she would have been able to buy a flat before. mudefordguy
  • Score: -14

10:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

WHYNOT says...

pleased for her on the win, looking at the photo it looks like she has spent some money on the net curtains for her new place
pleased for her on the win, looking at the photo it looks like she has spent some money on the net curtains for her new place WHYNOT
  • Score: -1

11:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

mudefordguy wrote:
Maybe if she wasn't buying scratch cards all the time she would have been able to buy a flat before.
Maybe she didn't smoke or drink like a lot of people so bought scratch cards instead.
[quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Maybe if she wasn't buying scratch cards all the time she would have been able to buy a flat before.[/p][/quote]Maybe she didn't smoke or drink like a lot of people so bought scratch cards instead. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 13

12:06am Fri 25 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
mudefordguy wrote:
Maybe if she wasn't buying scratch cards all the time she would have been able to buy a flat before.
Maybe she didn't smoke or drink like a lot of people so bought scratch cards instead.
They usually all go together in a type of money wasting triangle.

Still, if she keeps up the Janet Street Porter lookylikey
appearences she should be set for life.
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Maybe if she wasn't buying scratch cards all the time she would have been able to buy a flat before.[/p][/quote]Maybe she didn't smoke or drink like a lot of people so bought scratch cards instead.[/p][/quote]They usually all go together in a type of money wasting triangle. Still, if she keeps up the Janet Street Porter lookylikey appearences she should be set for life. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -11

11:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

Kinzy says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Gambling can seriously damage your wealth.

The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard.

And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.
I bet you're the life and soul of the party...
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Gambling can seriously damage your wealth. The one in a million shot like this won't convince me to ever buy a scratchcard. And I hope, dear viewer, you'll not be convinced either.[/p][/quote]I bet you're the life and soul of the party... Kinzy
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Am I the only one who finds it slightly 'interesting' that someone who works selling these things happens to chance upon one with a massive prize? I hope for her sake everything is above board!
Am I the only one who finds it slightly 'interesting' that someone who works selling these things happens to chance upon one with a massive prize? I hope for her sake everything is above board! speedy231278
  • Score: -10

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