Photo: Air Ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard
A health worker from Epsom was given an early Christmas present when she won more than £4,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s charity lottery – on Chirstmas Eve.
Nuffield Health IT Sourcing Manager, Maria Harrison, scooped the jackpot in the midweek Superdraw with lucky numbers 13, 17, 32 and 34.
She signed up to the lottery when a canvasser called at her home two years ago but thought nothing more of her £8-a-month subscription.
The mother-of-two thought it was a hoax when her husband Jon emailed to tell her she had won and even then she thought it was a Christmas hamper.
The couple won a grand total of £4,494.96 which they are planning to spend on an extension to their home after giving £500 back to the air ambulance.
Maria said: “It was a lovely surprise to win but that was never our motivation for joining the lottery, I just saw it as a monthly donation.
“The lottery canvasser called at about the time there was a TV programme on in which Richard Hammond from Top Gear was talking about how he had been saved by the air ambulance.
“The programme brought into sharp focus the key service that the air ambulance provides. Our daughter has a heart condition so my husband and I have first-hand experience of how important speed is to survival and to minimising long term damage.”
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.
For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount.
For information on how to join the fundraising lottery go to http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/give/howtojoin or call 01622 833833.