Lottery gift for newly weds

A couple got an unexpected present when they won the jackpot on the Saint Francis Hospice lottery the day before they got married.
Michelle Jackson with cheque resized (cropped)
Michelle Jackson and Rudley Freeman married at Barking and Dagenham Register Office on Saturday (November 7) before enjoying a reception at the Cherry Tree pub in Dagenham with their friends and family. 

And they did not discover they had won the weekly £1,000 prize until they returned from a short break in Sandwich, Kent a few days later.
Michelle Jackson without cheque resized
"It did not sink in at first when I read the letter from the hospice congratulating me on winning the lottery," said Michelle, 47 (pictured).

"I feel someone must have been looking down on me. 

"We had a wonderful wedding and this money will definitely come in handy."

Michelle, who works in a residential home in Newbury Park, said while she has no personal connection with the hospice she signed up to support the charity because it is such a good cause. 

"I have read so many stories about what the hospice does for people and the marvellous work they do," said the mother-of-one.

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "It is thanks to our regular players like Michelle 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 that grows by £500 each week that it is not won. 

Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover! You can sign up to the hospice lottery online here or call 01708 771433."