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Accountant is on track after £1,000 lottery win

A mother of two will be back on the road again after a £1,000 lottery win. 
Akua with cheque for £1,000 (cropped)

Akua Egunjobi, 40, was so shocked when she received a letter saying she had won first prize in the Saint Francis Hospice lottery she didn't believe it. 


"It just couldn't have come at a better time," said Akua. 


"When the letter arrived I thought it was fake but I checked it closely and realised it was real. My car had just packed up and I thought where am I going to find the money to buy another car?" 


The unemployed accountant will now be putting her winnings towards a new car for the family. Akua, from Romford, started playing the lottery two years ago because she wanted to support the hospice. 


"I have two close friends who died of cancer and I live locally so this is my local hospice," she said. "You never know when you are going to use this service." 


David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Akua the lottery raises hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fund our nurses and doctors. Each number in the weekly Saint Francis Hospice lottery costs £1 and you can have up to 20 numbers. In addition to the guaranteed weekly first prize of £1,000, 10 lucky winners each get £10 and there is a rollover second prize in the draw to be made on May 29th of £3,500.  Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover! You can sign up to the hospice lottery online or call 01708 771433."


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