Suffolk: �5.6m lottery winner - “I couldn’t believe it”
A SUFFOLK supermarket worker who scooped a �5.6m on the lottery has told how she plans to continue working - and using her 10% staff discount card.
CHRISTMAS has come early for an Asda checkout supervisor from Lowestoft after she won a �5,629,964 share of the Lotto double roll over jackpot on Wednesday, December 1.
Mum of two, Sue Stebbings, was getting ready for her early shift at work on Thursday morning when she checked her numbers on Teletext and found she had matched all six numbers to win the jackpot.
Sue said: “I couldn’t believe it – I kept looking at the TV screen and my ticket and seeing the same six numbers but I thought I must have made a mistake.
“I didn’t trust my eyes as it was only 5.45am so I woke up my husband Richard and then our children so they could check I wasn’t seeing things!
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“Even after they double checked, I was still in shock. I went into work and told my boss but I couldn’t concentrate so he sent me home a couple of hours later!”
Sue, 43, and Richard, 46, who works in building maintenance, are now planning to spend Christmas in style with their family including their two children aged 20 and 17.
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The couple will use the windfall to pay off their mortgage and invest in their children’s future – and top of their shopping list are new cars and a fishing boat.
But Sue doesn’t plan on quitting work, despite her new wealth.
“I will take a year out but I would like to go back to work. I think I’d be bored at home.” she added.
“I will continue to do my shopping at Asda. I can still use my 10% staff discount card and I will. “Old habits die hard. We used it to get 70p discount on Richard’s shirt.”
Sue continued: “Richard loves to go sea fishing with our son off the coast but we haven’t got a boat so I’d like to get them a proper fishing boat.
“We’ll also sort both the children out with cars and upgrade our car.
“We share a Ford Focus at the moment but I’d like a BMW 4x4. Richard can’t decide between a sports car and something more practical so we’ll probably get one each!”
The couple also plan to go on holiday to a few more far flung destinations. Sue said: “Richard used to be a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy so has travelled all over but neither of us has been to Australia or New Zealand so we’ll definitely be planning a long haul holiday in the near future.”
Sue has played the lottery since launch and usually plays one lucky dip line and another line with a set of lucky numbers on Lotto every Wednesday and Saturday. She bought the winning lucky dip ticket at the Asda superstore in Lowestoft. The winning Lotto numbers on Wednesday, December 1 were 20 21 22 24 27 34 and the bonus ball was 29.