Nan set for life after daughter slips winning lottery ticket into birthday card

A lucky grandmother got a birthday present with a difference last month when she opened her card to find a winning lottery ticket inside.

The lucky dip ticket matched the five main numbers in the National Lottery ‘Set For Life’ draw for Thursday May 6, and Cheryl Crowley from Brent in North-West London can now expect to receive £10,000 in winnings every month for the next year.

Cheryl, 45, was given the winning ticket by her daughter Jade, who got the idea from her grandad, Cheryl’s dad, who always said someone in the family would “win big”.

Cheryl said: “The ticket may have been mine but the win is definitely for all three of us. Dad is always saying that one day it will be our time, and that we would have a big win.

"We love his optimism but after the difficult times we’ve had I honestly didn’t believe that anything this wonderful could happen. I’m delighted dad has been proved right after all and we can start to enjoy life a bit more.”

Cheryl says she was opening her birthday cards over a cuppa and laughed when she saw her daughter had tucked the tickets in her card.

After hearing the winning bell from her National Lottery app, Cheryl called Camelot to confirm the win before sharing the exciting news with her dad and giving the ticket to him for safe keeping.

Cheryl said, “Dad was absolutely over the moon. It’s been a very difficult time for our family, we lost a very dear family member to Covid and had to scrimp and scrape to get the money together to give her the send-off she deserved, so to finally have something positive to celebrate has quite literally made my dad’s year, and possibly decade!”

27-year-old mum-of-three Jade was thrilled to hear that she’d given her mum a winning ticket.

She said, “I was on the school run when mum called and said one of the tickets was a winner, and when she said exactly how big a winner I just couldn’t believe it. I honestly didn’t believe it.

She added: "My mum is just amazing. She's been a primary school teacher for 15 years but still found time to care for an aged relative and help with my three kids, she deserves this so much.

Cheryl plans to take Jade on a no-expense spared shopping spree while her dad can look forward to a night at the Bingo for Father’s Day.

Cheryl is very clear on what the win really means to her family, “If the past 18 months has taught us anything," she says, "it’s to take nothing for granted and to make the most of every moment.

“So, while we’re not planning exotic holidays, we are going to enjoy our time together, whether it's shopping sprees, bingo adventures or day trips to the coast. There’s going to be plenty of memory-making and laughter, there can’t be many birthday presents that can do all that!”

Cheryl’s winning Set For Life ticket was bought at St Mary’s News on Blackbird Hill, NW9. The winning Set For Life numbers for the draw on Thursday 6 May, 2021 were 2, 7, 25, 40, 46 and the Life Ball was 4, and Cheryl was one of two lucky ticket-holders to bank the second tier prize in that draw.

By playing any National Lottery game, players help to raise an average of £30M every week for National Lottery Good Causes across the UK. This money helps support everything from the local charity making a difference where you live through to helping our nation’s athletes win Olympic and Paralympic gold medals.

To date, more than £42BN has been raised and distributed to National Lottery Good Causes through more than 625,000 individual grants.

Thanks to National Lottery players, over £1BN is being used by charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which includes over £600M in funding support from the National Lottery Community Fund which is being used to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis.

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