Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lorry driver wins £1,000 in air ambulance lottery

Photo: Ian and Janet

A lorry driver from Sittingbourne has won the £1,000 jackpot in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s lottery.

Ian Bennett, 65, signed up to the life-saving charity’s Regular Lottery and Superdraw when a canvasser called at his home two years ago.

He thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he received a call telling him he had won the jackpot in the Regular Lottery draw.

He said: “I’m still surprised because nothing like this happens to me. I’ve never won this much before, only about £25 on the National Lottery.

“I spend a lot of time on the motorways and I’ve seen accidents that the air ambulance has been called to.”

Ian and his partner Janet visited the helicopter base at Marden to collect their cheque and watched as the crew landed following a callout.

The couple’s windfall comes just a week after Sittingbourne security guard Nigel Long won more than £12,000 in the Superdraw.

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. To join the lottery go to or call 01622 833833.


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