Bingo worker wins �1m on scratchcard
Bingo hall worker Audrey White has a million reasons to celebrate today - after winning a scratchcard jackpot.
FELIXSTOWE: Bingo hall worker Audrey White has a million reasons to celebrate today - after winning a scratchcard jackpot.
Becoming a millionaire overnight has completely transformed her life, which three years ago was a nightmare as she suffered from cancer and faced losing her home in Felixstowe, in a court battle with a bank.
“It really hasn't sunk in - it's just unbelievable,” said Mrs White, 58, who works at the Palace bingo and cinema complex in Crescent Road, Felixstowe.
“People keep saying I didn't know you could win a million pounds on a scratchcard, but everyone seems to be so happy for me.
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“It hasn't really sunk in yet though. It's so unreal.
“The first thing I am going to do is to pay off my mortgage and do a few home improvements such as a conservatory.
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“I don't drive so I won't need a flash car and I am not one for exotic holidays.
“I am not going to change anything immediately and plan to carry on working - but it's amazing to think I have that security and will never have to worry about money again.”
Mrs White bought the �5 scratchcard from Tesco, Hamilton Road.
“When I scratched off the panels and it said �1 million, I just sat and stared at it for 20 minutes,” she said.
Back in 2006, she faced having her home repossessed over a row with the NatWest Bank over an old overdraft.
Even though she had paid �20,000 in interest for a �5,000 overdraft, the bank was still insisting she pay another �18,000 or forfeit her home and there were lengthy negotiations before the matter was settled.