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Life's just grand for Fochabers lottery winner

By Jonathan Clark

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A FOCHABERS woman has spoken of her shock and joy after winning a share of a People's Postcode Lottery payout.

Feeling grand...Samantha Barnes with her share of the People's Postcode Lottery prize money.Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Feeling grand...Samantha Barnes with her share of the People's Postcode Lottery prize money.Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Eight neighbours on the village's Milne Road netted £1000 each after their IV32 7HP was announced as one of January 7’s daily prize winners.

For one of the winners, 26-year-old trainee nail technician Samantha Barnes, the welcome news was actually delivered by her daughter Brooke (6).

“I never really expected to win anything,” she said.

“I still keep thinking something’s going to happen and I’ll be told I haven’t won it after all.

“The first I knew about it was when Brooke came up to me with the big cheque from the lottery which had come through the door.

“It’s just weird at the moment. To be honest, I’d forgotten about the lottery.”

Samantha has not had too long to wait for her first big payout having only started playing the People’s Postcode Lottery in the middle of last year. Her sister also plays it, although their mum may be feeling a few pangs of regret, stopping playing as she had never won anything.

Samantha continued: “It’s my first big win on any type of lottery.

“The most I’ve ever won before is £20 on a scratchcard.

“I’m still in disbelief.”

It could not have come at a better time for Samantha.

“My car broke down recently and I’ve been stressing about how I’m going to get the money to either fix it or get another one, so the money has come at the perfect time.”

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson sent congratulations to the winners.

He said: "I’m so happy for our winners in Fochabers.

"This is such a great surprise to start their day."

The next opportunity local charities will have to apply for funding will be early 2021. For more information on the People’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk.

Related article: Eight in Fochabers net postcode lottery win

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