A Rotherham grandad was ‘really surprised’ when he scooped a £1,000 prize playing a charity lottery for the first time.
Alex Elwood, aged 58, from Thorpe Hesley, had never played the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice lottery before he decided to buy a ticket earlier this month.
First time lucky Alex, who is giving the money to his children to spend on his ten-month-old and six-month-old grandchildren, bought his winning ticket at the charity’s shop in Wellgate, Rotherham.
Alex said: “I went into the shop with my wife and bought the ticket while she was browsing.
“I’d thought ‘why not, it’s for charity’ but was really surprised and pleased when I found out I’d won the big prize.
“I think everyone should go to their nearest Bluebell Wood shop and buy a ticket today. There are great prizes to be won and it helps a great charity, so why wouldn’t you?”
Alex has bought a second lottery ticket and is hoping his winning streak could continue.
Each week £1,000 can be won, along with a second prize of £100. If a winning ticket is not drawn the prize can roll over each week, up to a maximum prize of £5,200.
Further prizes of £50 and £10 are also available. All proceeds from the lottery help the North Anston children’s hospice to care for children and young adults with life shortening and life threatening conditions both at the hospice and in their own homes.
You can buy lottery tickets from any of Bluebell Wood’s ten shops across South Yorkshire, or online at www.bluebellwood.org/lottery
To find out how you can help Bluebell Wood and the 250 children they care for, please visit www.bluebellwood.org.