A grandmother from Buxton has scooped the top prize of £300,000 on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Catherine Heathcote and her husband Andrew, both 54, described it as the ‘best week ever’ having celebrated Catherine’s birthday only days earlier. They now plan to use their winnings to help support their four children and three grandchildren.
She said: “It’s unbelievable. My family’s whole life has just changed in an instance.
“It’s every mother’s dream to be able to financially support their children and I get to do that.
“I’ll never forget their faces when I told them I would help put them on the property ladder. Having rented for so long, this win has come at the perfect time.
“Two of my children already own homes so they will be getting the same money to spend how they want.”
Catherine, who works as a part-time hotel cleaner, bought the winning Blue scratchcard for £2 from Morrisons in Buxton on July 6.
Andrew, who works as a builder, said: “It was quite late at night when we got home but we were just full of adrenaline. We were bouncing around the house, giddy like schoolchildren. I don’t think either of us slept a wink that night, we were on cloud nine.”
The pair, who have been married for 26 years, have no plans to give up work but are looking at spending more quality time with their family.
Catherine said: “I’m someone who likes to be busy so I don’t think retirement is for me. I never thought I would be in this position.
“You always hope it happens to you but when it does, you just can’t believe it. I’m definitely going to spoil my grandkids and treat them to little presents as they grow up.”
Catherine and Andrew will celebrate their big win with a family meal. She said: “We are a very close family but we haven’t done anything all together yet so that will be nice.”
While the news is only starting to sink in, there are no lavish holidays on the cards - but Catherine did say she would like to visit America.