Lottery card joy for teenage mother


ANMT0Y Man scratching lottery card with coin

A teenage single mother is celebrating an extra special Christmas after winning £100,000 on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Rebecca Tierney, 19, from Golborne, near Wigan, bought the £1 Yellow Scratchcard the day before Christmas Eve after popping to her local shop for a can of cola.

Miss Tierney, who has a three-month-old baby boy, Cole, and lives at home with her mother, says she is looking forward to treating her family, learning to drive and buying her dream car.

She said: "I have never been able to afford driving lessons so I am definitely going to start to learn to drive and I absolutely love the Mini, so hopefully I will be able to buy my dream car too."

Miss Tierney is also planning a holiday abroad - something she has been unable to afford for the last few years - and an extra special 20th birthday celebration in January.

The winning scratchcard was bought from Hooton News in Church Street, Golborne.

Miss Tierney added: "I rarely buy scratchcards but I had bought a can of Coke and saw the scratchcards and thought, 'it is coming up to Christmas, I could be lucky'. I just spent £1.

"I initially thought I had won £2 and I was absolutely delighted. But then I realised it was actually the top prize of £100k. I just could not believe it. I just kept looking at the card. I didn't want to put it down. I didn't want to let it out of my sight.

"I called Camelot and I was told I had won the £100k on Christmas Eve. It was just the best Christmas present I could ever have wished for.

"I am looking forward to having my best year ever in 2014 and I am looking forward to a great future ahead for both myself and my son. This win really has changed my life."