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Construction worker builds on lottery success

A retired construction worker celebrated a £1,000 lottery win by signing his three sons up to support a hospice.
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When Derek Elsworth, 81, won the weekly jackpot on the Saint Francis Hospice lottery he wanted to give something back to the charity.

So he decided to buy his sons a year's worth of lottery tickets.

"The hospice does great work and is a very worthwhile cause," said Derek, who lives in Upminster.

"Last year my brother-in-law was at the hospice before he died and I know his family were very pleased with the care he received.

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"I signed up for the lottery a few years ago after meeting one of the hospice ambassadors in Romford as I had been meaning to join it for some time."

The grandfather said he had never won anything before and his sons were delighted they would now have a chance to scoop one of the lottery's fantastic prizes.

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Derek that 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 of £4,000 in the draw to be made on April 1st. 

Last year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover! You can sign up to the hospice lottery online at www.sfh.org.uk or call 01708 771433."