£5K jackpot won by long-standing member

Penrith Lottery’s maximum £5,000 jackpot has been won by long-time member Helen Little, of Dalston.

Helen, originally from Penrith, was at work when she got the call to tell her of the good news. After checking that she was able to talk and asking if she was sitting down, lottery administrator Georgina Stephenson shared the news. Helen wasn’t sure whether the call was a scam! Helen, who had no idea that the maximum jackpot was about to be drawn, said “It’s just not the sort of call you get, sat at work in the middle of the week, so I wasn’t quite sure whether it was a hoax call!”

Starting at £500, for each week that the numbers go unmatched and the jackpot therefore not won, it rolls over and increases by £100. When the draw was made on 9 August, Helen’s lucky numbers were selected by the Lottery’s specialist software system, making her £5,000 richer.

Helen has been a member of Penrith Lottery for 11 years, and recalled the lottery’s founder and current Chair, Richard Utting convincing new members to sign up. She said “I think it must have been a Penrith Chamber social event, when Richard persuaded quite a few of us signed on the dotted line.

Kevin Dowding, lottery committee member, presenting the cheque said “It’s great to be able to meet Helen and celebrate her jackpot win. Being a committee member is really rewarding, because as well as approving grants to local organisations, we also get the opportunity to present these big cheques to our jackpot winners!

The lottery costs £2 a week, and the draw is made each Wednesday. Members pick four numbers and if all four match those drawn, they win the jackpot; or if they match three, win a consolation prize of £20, with winners being automatically contacted by a lottery representative. For more information and to join, see www.penrithlottery.org.uk.