Weston mum’s ‘rich for life’ scratchcard win

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 May 2011

Diane Collins

Diane Collins

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IMAGINE £40,000 dropping into your bank account each year for the rest of your life, without you having to lift a finger – this is now reality for one Weston mum.

Lucky Diane Collins was left shocked after scooping the top prize on a Rich For Life scratchcard she bought from Orchard News in the town centre - and said she still cannot quite believe it.

After scraping off the panels the single mum-of-three called her mother and a friend to her place of work, the Weston Gold Exchange shop in Meadow Street, to show them the winning card.

The 45-year-old said: “I couldn’t believe it and neither could they - I was and still am shocked. I got on the phone to Camelot and after reading out all the long numbers on the front and back of the card they confirmed that I had won.

“I now have to choose a day of the year I want the money to be put in my bank account and it will go in on the same day each year, quite literally for the rest of my life. I’m not sure what I will do with the money. We will probably go on holiday later in the year but I’m not into my designer bags and shoes - that’s not me.”

Ms Collins, who regularly buys scratchcards and even won £5,000 on one last year, said she will continue to work and plans to put the money into renovating her house.

She said her three sons, aged eight, 13 and 21, have not yet been pestering her for gifts.

The former auxiliary nurse said she will also invest some of the cash in gold, due to its growing value and as she loves working in the gold exchange business.

She added: “We have struggled in the past. I’m a single parent with a mortgage so this will help me a lot.

“My mum loaned me money which I paid back after I won the £5,000 before so I will be treating her too.”

Diane is due to meet the bosses at Camelot this week to finalise her winnings and the first £40,000 will be tax free.

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