National Lottery-winning gran, 70, 'physically sick' after scooping £3.8million jackpot

A NATIONAL Lottery winning Gran was “physically sick” after scooping a £3.8 million jackpot just before Christmas.

Diane Bate, 70, was in “total disbelief” after winning the multi-million pound prize in the Lotto draw on December 12. 

The Gran, from Rhyl, North Wales, was in such shock that her husband Michael, 74, and granddaughter had to check the ticket to make sure it wasn't a hoax.

Diane said: "I checked my ticket early on Sunday morning using the National Lottery app when it made a funny sound.

"I looked at the amount and couldn’t quite believe my eyes, I thought, ‘surely that can’t be right?!’ The most I have ever won before is £100.

“I was in total disbelief so I woke Michael up to check the ticket – he wasn’t happy but we’ve been married 52 years so he soon got over it!

"I still didn’t believe it, so I also checked it with my granddaughter too. 

“I must have checked it about six times in total before I started to believe it was real, and at that point, I was physically sick!”

After the life-changing discovery, Diane spent the day in a daze and cooked a big Sunday family dinner to take her mind off the prize. 

But the Gran is now “on cloud nine” after fully processing her new multimillion status.

Diane, who used to work in social services, now plans to buy a bigger house in her local area of Rhyl.

Diane said: “We want to buy a bigger house locally as we love the area but, we don’t want a mansion or anything flashy. 

“The USA is our favourite destination, we have been about 15 times and would love to go back as soon as it’s safe to do so.

“We will definitely be treating ourselves to first class flights on our travels!

“There is nothing in particular I want, I have everything I need really…but buying a new handbag always makes me feel nice.”

And the kind-hearted Gran also plans to help her family out with the winnings.

She added: "Being able to help out our family brings us so much happiness – it isn’t just a win for me, it’s a win for them too.

“Michael, who retired as a HGV driver some 15 years ago, has suffered from ill health recently so this win is a real pick-me-up for the both of us."

Diane will also help one of her granddaughters in America celebrate wedding in style in January – despite not being able to visit for the ceremony.

"We aren’t able to attend due to Covid unfortunately, but the win means we can help out financially and help give her an amazing wedding," Diane said.

Diane’s jackpot win came after she matched all six main numbers in the Lotto draw on 12 December.

The winning Lotto numbers for the draw on Saturday 12 December, 2020 were 13, 38, 39, 49, 53, 56 and the Bonus Ball number was 59. 

Diane bought her winning Lotto ticket at ASDA on St Asaph Avenue in Flintshire.

Tomorrow’s Lotto draw is a special Christmas ‘Must Be Won’ event, with a £15M jackpot prize up for grabs.

In a ‘Must Be Won’ draw, the jackpot has to be won, either by players matching all six numbers, or if the jackpot isn’t won it will filter down the prize tiers to boost all the other prizes.

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