A Burgess Hill grandmother cried tears of joy after winning almost £10,000 on the Sussex Air Ambulance lottery.
Wendy Day, 73, hit the jackpot in the life-saving charity’s Superdraw with winning numbers 17, 22, 24 and 27 after joining the lottery last September.
Now she is dreaming of a first-ever cruise holiday to the Norwegian Fjords and can afford to keep her car on the road despite rising fuel costs.
Wendy, a grandmother-of-five, enjoyed a family meal at the weekend to celebrate her win and is also planning to treat her son and daughter to a holiday on the
She said: “When I got the call to say I’d won I thought it would be about £50, that’s the figure that stuck in my mind. It was such a shock and I’m thrilled to bits.
“I had tears rolling down my face because I’ve never had any luck in my life. The most I’ve ever won before is £10 on the National Lottery.”
“It’s a fantastic amount to win and it’s come in so handy because I was thinking of giving my car up next year as it’s costing me so much.”
Wendy, of Cyprus Mews, used to work as a delivery driver for car dealer Evans Halshaw at Broadbridge Heath.
She and her daughter Lynn Bailey visited the Sussex Air Ambulance base at
The helicopter carries a specialist doctor and Critical Care Paramedic who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.
It costs £1.7m-a-year to keep the helicopter flying and it relies almost entirely on public donations with no National Lottery funding.
Profits from the Air Ambulance’s own lottery provide valuable funds to allow the charity to operate a vital life-saving service for everyone living, working and travelling through the county, 365 days a year.
The regular lottery costs just £1 a week with a weekly prize of £1,000. For an extra £1 a week, members can join the Superdraw which has a top prize of £25,000. To join the Air Ambulance lottery please call 01622 833821.