A factory cleaner from Northamptonshire has scooped the £100,000 top prize after buying a National Lottery scratchcard.
Elfriede Bliss, 73, of Barton Seagrave, initially thought she had won just £100, but she couldn’t believe her luck when she realised she had actually won £100,000.
But despite cashing in from the Triple Payout National Lottery scratchcard, Elfriede said she refuses to hang up her mop and plans to continue her job as a cleaner for Weetabix.
To celebrate the win, and to take a break in between shifts, Elfriede chose to put her feet up for a few hours and enjoyed afternoon tea at Rushton Hall this afternoon.
Elfriede said: “I work from 6am to 9.15am and 5.15pm to 8.15pm Monday to Friday and then a shift on Saturday too so it’s nice to put my feet up and relax.
“I love my job and I’m very lucky to be surrounded by so many friendly people.”
I thought I’d won £100 but kept scratching and then saw another symbol, then another.
Elfriede, who lives with her husband Peter, 78, was paying her newspaper bill when she decided to have a go on a scratchcard.
She said: “I won £6 on the first scratchcard so decided to use the winnings to buy three Triple Payouts scratchcards.
“I took them home and scratched them in the living room.
“I thought I’d won £100 but kept scratching and then saw another symbol, then another.
“I was trying to keep calm checking and double checking the ticket, Peter just couldn’t stop laughing. It still hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“I’m going to keep on working, treat ourselves but keep my feet firmly on the ground.”
The windfall will help Elfriede and Peter, who are are both huge Daniel O’Donnell fans, treat themselves in the coming months.
The couple have travelled all over the UK and to Ireland to watch the Irish singer perform and one of the first items they are going to buy is a laptop so they can watch him on YouTube.
Another item Elfreide wants to buy is a new cooker so this year’s Christmas lunch isn’t a disaster like the last one.
Last year the cooker broke while Elfriede was in the middle of cooking so all the food was ruined.
She said: “It was a disaster but it’s not going to happen this year as I’m going to use some of the winnings to buy myself a new cooker.”
The winning Triple Payout Scratchcard was bought at The One Stop, Gotch Road, Kettering.
National Lottery Scratchcards create 559,501 winners every day.
There is a 1 in 4.24 overall chance of winning a prize on the Triple Payout Scratchcard. The card costs £2 and prizes vary from £2 to £100,000.