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Retired accounts clerk is counting her lucky numbers
A former accounts clerk walked away with a £1,000 net profit after winning the first prize on the Saint Francis Hospice lottery.
Jean Hounslow, 69, (pictured) was overjoyed to discover she had won the weekly jackpot.
"I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out I had won," said Jean, from Dagenham.
"I've never won anything in my life. I know someone who was cared for by the Hospice at Home team and they were so kind and made such a difference, so when one of the hospice's ambassadors called at my home and told me about the lottery I was happy to sign up and support the charity. You never know when you might need it."
In August Jean's husband Bert, 85, died of a heart attack and while she is still coming to terms with his death, her lucky win will bring her a step closer to getting her life back on track.
"We would have been married 25 years in December," said Jean.
"While Bert was ill I let things slide. There are jobs that need doing and I need to buy some new appliances for the kitchen and this money will help me with that."
David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Jean our 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 6th November of £7,000.
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."