Retired school cleaner wins Lotto jackpot

January 15th, 2014 Category: Educational Establishments

Have you ever thought about what you’d do if you won the lottery? Would a luxury holiday or fancy car be the first thing you’d splurge on? Lotto winner Doreen Hay just wants a bungalow and a poodle.

Ms Hay, a retired school cleaner from Teesside, scooped a £7.5 million jackpot. She had previously matched five numbers and won £1,300, but always believed she could go one better.  

She said: “It's taken ten years, but I've got it. I'm a gambler, I like a little bet, and you have to win some time, haven't you?"

Ms Hay isn’t keeping the entire jackpot to herself – she is splitting her winnings with her son John, who recently gave up his job as a cable engineer.

The rest of the family will also get a taste of her spoils, as she is giving some money to her seven siblings, her three grandchildren and her ex-husband. 

She revealed that she veered from her usual routine, buying three Lucky Dip tickets instead of two for the Saturday draw.

"I thought 'you might as well be skint as broke, I'll get three'," Ms Hay told a news conference at Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington.

After the draw she called her son and told him to come over immediately, saying “John, you'll have to come over, I think we've won the Lottery."

John checked the numbers three times before he’d believe they’d actually won. 

Ms Hay has no outlandish plans for her winnings – all she wants is to move from her upstairs flat to a bungalow and to buy a poodle to keep her company.

She won’t be searching for greener pastures either, as she plans to stay in Teesside. Luxury holidays on tropical islands are not on her to-do list, Ms Hay only wants to holiday in the UK.

As well as giving her family a helping hand, she is also planning to give money to five charities: Help for Heroes, Breast Cancer Research UK, a local hospice, WaterAid and Save the Children.

Ms Hay told reporters that she had no current plans to find a toyboy.