Posted: 09.06.21 at 15:01 by Sarah James
A former deputy headteacher at Shavington High School is celebrating after winning £5,000 with St Luke’s Hospice Lottery.
The former teacher, Rachel Bertenshaw, is going to spend the money on a "holiday of a lifetime" with her son, daughter-in-law and three grandsons.
The 63-year-old said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I received the phone call from St Luke’s. When they said I’d won the rollover prize I thought it was maybe £100, and then they said I’d won £5,000!
"It’s just amazing and a wonderful surprise after such a hard year.
“I’m going to use the money to go on a really lovely family holiday to somewhere we couldn’t otherwise afford, like Disney World.
"It’s something for us all to look forward to. The lottery is such an easy way to support the hospice and I never thought I’d win so much money. I’m absolutely over the moon.”
Rachel has been playing the weekly lottery for 26 years and plays two numbers each week.
Since the lottery was launched in 1994 it has grown to become St Luke’s biggest single source of income and has raised more than £11 million for patient care. It costs just £1 a week to play – the same as when it was set up all those years ago.
St Luke’s Lottery Manager Nicola Mainwaring said: “We are delighted that Rachel has won our Lottery Rollover after supporting the Hospice for so many years.
"Every penny raised in profit from the lottery supports local people being cared for by St Luke’s, so by taking part you’ll be supporting your local hospice while being in with the chance of winning fantastic prizes each week.
"Our rollover has started accumulating again and everyone who enters has an equal chance of winning a prize, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!”
The lottery offers players the chance to win 35 cash prizes each week, including a £1,000 guaranteed jackpot and a £200 rollover.
If the rollover prize is not won, it will rollover and accumulate each week – it could be won at any time but if it gets up to £5,000 there will be a guaranteed winner – like lucky Rachel!
To find out more about St Luke’s Lottery, and to sign up today, visit here.