A LARGS hotel lady has won a huge prize in the popular ZIP code lottery because she is the only person on her street playing the game.
Lillian Wood won Â£ 30,000 in the draw this week – and told The News how she thought the phone call to tell her she hit the jackpot was someone pulling her leg.
Lillian, who is co-owner of the Woodhouse Hotel in Largs, says she’s “over the moon” at manna.
The 62-year-old, who has run the hotel for 15 years with her husband Willie, plans to “spoil her grandchildren” with the money and also hopes to go to South Africa next year to see friends.
She said: âI got a call on Friday from someone saying I won this money. I thought it was a liquidation but they told me to check the official website and of course I had won. “About eight of the people’s zip code The lottery team then visited on Tuesday. We made them scones and coffee and everyone had a blast.
âI was the only one on the street playing so I was the only winner. No one else played there at Barr Crescent but I think there can be a stampede now.
“The victory came at the right time after all the blockages – it’s amazing right after the hotel reopened to have won this.”
Lillian said she has been dreaming of winning ever since Largs couple Christine and Colin Weir took home Â£ 161million on the Euromillions.
She added: “I remember when the Weirs won. Everyone called the hotel to ask if we knew them. You always imagine what it would be like if you won a big sum, so it was very nice to host. the call.
“We have been to South Africa several times in the past and we have friends there so it would be nice to go back at the right time.”
After the hotel reopens, Lillian says the victory is more reassuring news.
She added: âAt least we’ve got a bit of something behind us after all the struggles of the lockdown.
“Although we had government grants to support us, it has been a rotten 18 months, but it was great to see the hotel buzzing in the good weather.”
“People come to Largs to enjoy what we’re doing here and the hotel has been full since the weekend which is nice to see.”
Lillian has two grandchildren – two-year-old Teddy and seven-month-old Phoebe – but both live in England, and Lillian admits it’s been hard not to see her family.
She said: “Now I will be able to give them some nice gifts.”
Lillian reaped the windfall when KA30 8PX was announced as one of the daily winners of the last round of the Popular Postal Code Lottery draws.
People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt said, âI’m over the moon for Lillian. I am sure she will love to treat her family and take a well deserved vacation in South Africa.
A minimum of 32% of ticket sales go direct to charity and players in the popular Postcode Lottery have raised over Â£ 600million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond. of the.
Many good causes close to the winners also benefited from the support of the players.
One of the charity’s beneficiaries is the Dame Ellen MacArthur Trust, based at Largs Yacht Haven, which takes young people recovering from cancer on boat trips around the west coast of Scotland.