Former lollipop lady Caroline Walsh found out she had scooped £300,000 while she sat in the waiting room having bought a scratchcard on her way to the doctor’s surgery
A mum found out she had won a lottery jackpot of £300,000 as she sat in the waiting room at her doctor’s surgery.
Ex-lollipop lady Caroline Walsh bought a scratchcard on her way to her GP.
She to scratch it off as she sat and waited for her appointment decided and found out she had scooped £300,000.
The 58-year-old managed to withhold her excitement and didn’t even tell her doctor about the win as the loving mum wanted her two sons to be the first to find out.
“Thank goodness the doctor didn’t take my blood pressure in the appointment, it would have been through the roof,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to tell her what was causing it because I wanted my sons to be the first to know.
“I spoke to my sons as soon as I got out of the surgery and they couldn’t believe it! We’re all in shock. They are both grown up and have children of their own, so the money will make such a difference.” to all of us.”
The lottery win comes a year since Caroline’s husband of 34 years, Mike, died of cancer.
The loved-up couple regularly played the National Lottery together, and the widow said Mike would have loved all of this.
“Mike and I always used to play the National Lottery together and talk about what we’d do if we won,” she said.
“He would have loved all of this. He always said he wanted us to move to Spain if we won but, for now, I think he’ll be happy knowing that I’m going to be taken care of.”
Mike’s death coincided with a run of rotten luck.
The loss of her husband caused Caroline to have a lupus attack, and while spending six weeks in hospital her bungalow home flooded.
She was forced to retire as a lollipop lady last year due to ill health after 21 years in the role.
But now the family have some good news to celebrate and Caroline said she’s already bought some treats for her grandchildren.
She said: “I’m going to put some money aside for all of them. My husband and I have had a caravan for years in Brean Sands in Somerset.
“We had such a lovely community of friends there and I’m looking forward to going back to celebrate in a place where I have such happy memories.”
“Last year was awful but things are definitely improving,” she added.
“The first thing I’m going to do is transform my garden. I want to make it into a space that’s easy to manage and somewhere I can enjoy when the sun shines.”
Her eldest son Chris, 40, is a hospital ward manager and is hoping to spend the money on a family holiday.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when my mum called, I was absolutely ecstatic.
“£100,000 is an amazing amount of money and I can’t wait to put it towards a family holiday and plenty of treats for my partner and our children.”
The Walsh family bought their winning Super 7s Scratchcard from Premier Express, Windsor Road, Pontypool.