Bexley couple win their dream trip to California

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 April 2018

73-year-old Pam won £20,000 on the Irish Lotto from just a 50p stake. Picture: Betfred

73-year-old Pam won £20,000 on the Irish Lotto from just a 50p stake. Picture: Betfred


Bexley couple Pam and Geoff Pepper are able to finally visit their daughter in sunny California, after Pam won £20,000 on the Irish Lotto from just a 50p stake.

The pair are regulars at their local bookie’s shop Betfred, at Bexley road, Northumberland Heath, and celebrated their windfall quietly with two glasses of wine for her, and a gin and tonic for him.

Mother-of-two Pam, 73, successfully selected four numbers 2, 17, 25 and 40, together with the bonus ball 36, all of which were drawn.

She said: “I picked the numbers off the cuff and stuck with them.

“Now my luck has changed with the biggest ever win of my life and it cost me 50p which you can’t get anything with nowadays.

“I used to bet on the dogs and do the pools but switched to the Irish lottery.”
A delighted Pam, who has had a variety of jobs during her working life including working as a waitress, a computer operator and auxiliary nurse at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, added that they the pair had checked the numbers a couple of times because they couldn’t believe it.

Ex-dock worker Geoff said: “It really is unbelievable.

“I bet on the horses mainly but neither of us have had any wins like this.

“Pam has arthritis and would struggle on a long flight to the other side of America so we never thought we’d be able to go to see our daughter.

“It’s a different proposition now, for we can not only afford it but can travel business class on the plane which would be much more comfortable for us.

“For Pam playing the Irish Lottery was just a bit of fun.

“We haven’t really celebrated - just a few drinks at home. The pubs are aren’t the same as they used to be - and you can’t even smoke in them.”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “What a great win from such a tiny stake for Mrs Pepper whose numbers proved to be hot.

“I hope these regular customers enjoy their trip of a lifetime where word has it there is a bit more sunshine than here.”

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