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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Carlisle woman scoops £100,000 on scratchcard

A routine weekly shopping trip in Carlisle produced a bit of a shock for one lucky woman – as she realised her scratchcard had won her £100,000.

Betty Kennedy photo
Betty Kennedy

Betty Kennedy, 60, was so stunned by her good fortune she could hardly speak.

But her delighted family and staff at Carlisle’s Morrisons store were all agreed that it could not have happened to a nicer person.

A voluntary worker with Alzheimer’s Scotland, Betty bought the card in Morrisons on Friday morning.

With her groceries loaded into her trolley, she settled down to enjoy a coffee and a cream scone in the store’s cafe and used a coin to remove the scratchcard’s ink to reveal the symbols beneath.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Betty, describing the moment she saw the figure £100,000 appear three times.

“I started shaking. I was so shocked I had to get my friend to check it for me.”

Betty said she had been shopping at the Kingstown Road store for years and usually spent £4 or £5 on the Lottery, with £1 on a scratchcard.

“I’ve won the odd fiver, or tenner in the past but never anything like this. If I’d won £50 I’d have been just as happy,” she added.

Realising how shaken Betty was by her win, staff at the store rallied round and whisked her away to give her time to take it all in.

They looked after Betty while she waited for one of her two sons, Henry, 40, to drive to the store to collect her because she was too shocked to drive home herself.

Henry said: “It really couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. She’s always been there for us, and has been the best mother and the best grandmother you could have.

“As well as working with Alzheimer’s Scotland, she’s helped other charities.”

Betty, who has three grandchildren and lives with her husband Eric, 62, in a two-bedroom bungalow north of Carlisle, said that as yet she has no idea what she will do with her Lottery windfall, other than help her family.

She added a big thank you to the Morrisons staff who looked after her, particularly Nicola Clarke, who she said was “absolutely brilliant.”

 

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