Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, and Dr Tom Breen pick the winning tickets in the charity’s Spring Draw
A Bexhill woman has won the £5.000 jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s annual Spring Draw today (Friday).
Margaret Torrance’s winning ticket was the first picked out of the drum by the pilot and doctor at the helicopter base.
The longstanding air ambulance supporter bought £20 worth of tickets after joining the life-saving charity’s lottery nearly 10 years ago and was shocked when she won the top prize.
She said: “It’s such a shock that I haven’t got a clue at the moment what we will spend the money on. I’ve won £25 in the air ambulance lottery before but not this sort of amount.
“The air ambulance is such a worthwhile cause and we never know when we may need it.”
Mr Tomlin, from Gravesend, won the second prize of £1,000, while Mrs Owen, from Woking, won the third prize of £250.
There were five further runners-up prizes of £50 for Mrs Murray from Hastings, Mr Kennedy (Dover), Mrs Creed (Margate), Mr Metz (Eastbourne) and Mrs Hughes (Worthing)
Each air ambulance callout costs about £2,500 and the total income raised from this year’s draw is enough to help potentially save 70 lives.
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance also has a raffle to win a brand new car worth £15,000 as part of a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary.
The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB digital radio.
The car will go on show at the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings this weekend (April 25th/26th) when visitors can buy a raffle ticket for the draw.
Tickets for the Win a Mini raffle cost £5 each and can also be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.