Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Double joy for air ambulance lottery winners

Photo: Door-to-door lottery representative Mike Stevens and Superdraw winner Ray Spicer

A retired couple from Folkestone who won more than £6,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery were presented with their cheque by the door-to-door lottery representative who signed them up.

Ray and Pat Spicer joined the life-saving charity's Regular Lottery and Superdraw just three months ago.

Their £8-a-month subscription paid off when they won a grand total of £6,303.24 in last week's draw with random lucky numbers 7, 28, 34 and 35.

The couple are now planning to spend their winnings on a holiday to Italy to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary, with further trips planned to Costa Brava and Gran Canaria.

Amazingly, their win came on the same day that Ray won £630 on the races at Glorious Goodwood.

He said: "When the air ambulance called to say we had won some money, I thought it would be one of the smaller prizes of £25. My jaw dropped and I was speechless when I was told how much.

"We are shocked to have won because we've only been in the lottery for three months and never expected to win that amount.

"We support the charity because my brother-in-law was once airlifted after a shop sign fell on him whilst walking down the street – none of us know when we may need the services of this life-saving charity."

Retired forklift driver Ray, 65, and former factory worker Pat, 68, were at their home in Holly Close when lottery representative, Mike Stevens, called at their door in May.

Pat said: "He was very polite and we didn't find him intrusive at all. In fact, I'm really glad he called because otherwise, we wouldn't have won! I would encourage more people to join the lottery because it's such a great cause, and people really do win."

Air ambulance Head of Lotteries & Gaming James Cook said: "The charity is heavily supported by ordinary people who give a small amount each week, but it makes a huge difference. Mike was delighted to meet Ray and Pat again, and deliver their winning cheque to them personally."

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 per week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000.

To join the air ambulance lottery, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833833.

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