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Lottery win 'wheely' good news for former council worker

A former council worker is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel after winning £1,000 on the lottery.
Thomas Hughes with cheque in gdn
Thomas Hughes, 86, was thrilled to discover he had won the jackpot on the Saint Francis Hospice weekly lottery.

"I am delighted," said Thomas, from Barking. "I signed up to the lottery because I believe in charity."
Thomas Hughes without cheque
The grandfather, who worked as a carpenter for Barking and Dagenham Council before he retired, has just got over skin cancer and despite a series of health problems is still fit and active. He now plans to spend his winnings on a new motor after a recent road accident left him without a car.

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Thomas 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 £1,500 in the draw to be made on August 21st. Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover!"

You can sign up to the hospice lottery here or call 01708 771433.