A retired school cook from Snodland is splashing out on a holiday to New Zealand after winning more than £5,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.
Grandmother-of-14 Muriel Byrne signed up for the lifesaving charity’s Superdraw when a canvasser called at her home three years ago.
She thought nothing more of her £8-a-month subscription until she received a call telling her she had won the top prize in last Wednesday’s draw.
The mother-of-six won a grand total of £5,593 with random lucky numbers 6, 13, 27 and 33 and is now planning a trip to Wellington to see her granddaughter.
She said: “I’m shocked and surprised because I’ve never won anything apart from a plant in a pot 15 years ago.
“A long time ago my daughter was on her way towards Leeds Castle when she had an accident. A paramedic called in the air ambulance and it landed on the M20 although she wasn’t airlifted in the end.”
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. To join the lottery go to http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/give/howtojoin or call 01622 833833.