A NATIONAL Lottery winner has revealed it took her three attempts to tell her mum she had scooped £10,000 a month for 30 years – as she kept hanging up on her in disbelief.
Laura Hoyle, 39, said it took her almost two weeks to realise she had won the draw-dropping amount after initially thinking she had just won a fiver.
But now Laura and partner Kirk Stevens, 37, said their lives had been changed by the mind-blowing win.
Laura said: “My mum was even more sceptical.
“She put the phone down on me three times! She kept saying, ‘You are having me on. I don’t believe you!’
“When I called her back a third time, she said ‘Get Laura to call me!’ and put the phone down again!”
The couple, from Hucknall, Notts, matched all five main numbers plus the Life Ball to win the top prize in the Set For Life draw on 1 March.
However, it was another 13 days before the couple, from Hucknall, Notts, realised their amazing good fortune.
Laura said: “I did get an alert just after the draw saying there was ‘good news about my ticket’ but I assumed I had won a fiver. I had received the same message before so didn’t think too much of it.
“I even kept on playing for several more Set For Life draws before I got an email from Camelot requesting I log into my account and check my messages.
“I thought that was odd and even asked Kirk whether he thought it was real or not. I finally checked the App and saw there were lots of notifications there. It was then that the penny finally dropped that we should call Camelot fast!”
And she said she could barely concentrate on her work when she realised what had happened.
She added:”I was working from home that afternoon and stopped immediately to call Camelot. I was physically shaking as I told the lady, ‘I think I’ve won the lottery!”
The couple now hope the win will allow them both to pursue their hobbies and passions. In Laura’s case, she hopes to develop her interest in home makeovers and design into a property management business.
What is Set For Life?
The jackpot is an annuity-style prize — a guaranteed ‘fat salary’ of £10,000 every month for 30 years.
While the way the top prize is paid out is new to National Lottery players, the way to play Set For Life is straightforward.
You pick five main numbers from 1 to 47, and one ‘Life Ball’ from 1 to 10, for the chance to win fixed prizes – with everything from the top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years*, to the 2nd prize of £10,000 a month for one year* if you get all the main numbers and not the ‘Life Ball’, to £5 for matching just two main numbers.
The Set For Life game costs £1.50 per line and will be drawn every Monday and Thursday.
Meanwhile Kirk, who works as an aeronautical engineer at Rolls Royce, is passionate about carpentry and is now setting up his own workshop to design and create bespoke wood furniture and accessories in his spare time.
They said they also hoped to volunteer after finally winning big after two years of playing.
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Laura said: “We have always been busy people and we have lots of plans and ambitions. This win means we are literally ‘set for life’ and we are so excited about the future.”
They bought their winning Set For Life Lucky Dip ticket online via the National Lottery app. The winning Set For Life numbers for the draw on Monday 1 March, 2021 were 9, 14, 19, 35, 37 and the Life Ball was 6. Set
For Life from The National Lottery costs £1.50 per line to play, draws take place every Monday and Thursday and the top prize is £10k every month for 30 years.