IN 2014, a Worle pensioner scooped a £20,000 lottery prize.

Diane Sperring was 74 when she won the eye-watering prize. Diane picked up a ticket at Hayers newsagent in Preanes Green, Worle, ahead of the National Lottery draw on June 18 of that year, as she had done every week since the draw began in the 1990s.

Not realising she was holding a winning ticket, she did not check her ticket for days and was amazed to find how much she had won on its bonus raffle section.

Mrs Sperring collected her winnings from Worle Post Office on the High Street.

Speaking at the time, she said: “It was a nice surprise, I still can’t believe it. I’ll give some of it to my family and the rest I am putting away into savings.

“I have always played the lottery and my husband always said ‘don’t stop doing it and don’t change your numbers’, so I kept doing it after he died.”

Mrs Sperring worked on The Grand Pier for 12 years before it burned down, and retired soon after.

Despite having a hip replacement and constantly being told by friends and family to slow down, she had said that she wouldn't stop running around and having fun.

Mrs Sperring had said that she planned to spoil her grandchildren.

In 2014, she said: “I am taking my grandchildren to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and go on a vintage bus ride in Minehead.

“I don’t have any big plans with the money, except I am going to London for a weekend with a friend of mine and I’m going to Weymouth to visit my daughter.

“And I bought my daughter a second-hand car, because she really needed one.”