Woolwich grandma has £250k win on scratchcard

PUBLISHED: 14:06 22 August 2011 | UPDATED: 17:30 22 August 2011

Elaine Edgar

Elaine Edgar


A grandmother from Woolwich who scooped £250,000 from a scratchcard, plans to buy a car to visit her mother in Dorset who is all alone, after her father died from cancer.

Elaine Edgar, 48, was so shocked to win the big prize on a Deal or No Deal Scratchcard that she ran back to J Townsend Newsagent at Greens End, Woolwich, to ask the shop keeper to double check she had really won that much.

She said: “I’m from quite a big family and we’ve all been having it tough recently. I really think that my dad is looking down on us and thought we needed a lucky break.”

“After 43 years together in Eltham, my parents finally retired to Dorset but tragically within two months my dad had died from cancer. This hit my mum hard and we haven’t been able to afford to visit her in Dorset as much as we would have liked. This win will change all that as I can now buy a new car and drive down whenever we like.”

Ms Edgar, who gave up working in the catering industry when she started to look after her granddaughter five years ago, can’t wait to treat her family with the winnings, with a trip to Disneyland definitely on the cards for her two grandchildren, after her win on August 12.

She said: “I generally consider myself lucky in life. I’ve had a few wins here and there but nothing to compare to this. I was shaking like a leaf when it started to sink in and I still can’t quite believe this has happened.”

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