We have a winner! Saint Catherine’s mystery lottery winner found following appeal

Saint Catherine’s appeal to find a mystery £1,500 lottery winner has been a success – the lucky winner has been found!

The £2 ticket was bought in the hospice’s Malton charity shop by Brenda Millins, who lives in Acklam and visits the shop every week.

An appeal was launched when a couple of weeks had passed since the lottery draw and nobody had come forward to claim the prize.

Brenda said: “I had bought a ticket a few weeks before and just put it in my bag and forgotten about it. When I came into the shop to bring some donations in, I heard the manager Penny talking to a lady in the queue in front of me about a mystery lottery winner who hadn’t come forward.

“I jokingly thought it might be me, so I checked and when my daughter brought up the winning number on her iPad I just couldn’t believe it! We checked it quite a few times – I kept looking at it. I’ve not won anything like this before. I was so delighted and thrilled! It’s such a nice way to start the year.”

Brenda added that she loves to come in to the shop every week, both to buy and donate goods.

She is planning to spend her winnings on a new washing machine and will give some to her great granddaughter and take the family out for a special meal.

Brenda will also kindly be donating some of her winnings back towards patient care at the hospice. She said: “I know about all the wonderful work that they do. I would encourage people to have a go on the hospice lottery as it’s all for such a good cause.”

Saint Catherine’s lottery costs £2 per play and tickets call be bought in all of the hospice’s 12 charity shops or you can sign up online and check winning numbers at www.saintcatherines.org.uk/how-you-can-help-us/lottery

The lottery is drawn every Friday and prizes are £1,500, £200, £50, 2 x £25, 10 x £10 – plus a rollover of up to £20,000.

Saint Catherine’s is committed to running its lottery responsibly and to encouraging responsible gambling with access to support if needed. Help and support can be found at www.begambleaware.org and www.gamcare.org.uk