Lottery winners recall how they got the news as The Health Lottery turns 10
Sarah Fry, 49, was in complete shock when she got the call from The Health Lottery to tell her she was a winner.
“I couldn’t quite believe it at first!” she says “I don’t tend to have much luck with winning anything. I was actually on my lunch break at work, so I shared the news straight away with all my colleagues!”
Sarah is one of 16 million people who have received that exciting news telling them they’re a winner, since The Health Lottery launched 10 years ago, giving away £158 million in prizes in that time.
And the timing was perfect for the mother and grandmother from Oldham. Sarah turns 50 soon, and the £10,000 windfall means she can really celebrate her half-century milestone in style.
With partner Darren also reaching that golden birthday this year, Sarah plans to invest her winnings in a top-notch sunny holiday.
The Health Lottery turns 10 this month. In that time, 16 million players have netted £158 million worth of prizes – and they’re not the only winners.
The Health Lottery is committed to supporting communities that need it most, and so far £121 million has been raised for over 3200 grassroots projects throughout Great Britain, supporting issues such as dementia, loneliness, learning difficulties and mental health.
There are five main draws every week (Tue-Sat) each with a jackpot of £25,000. Every line for any Wednesday or Saturday main lottery draw will automatically be entered into a £100,000 free prize draw which also takes place on those two days each week – so play for a chance to win and to support great causes at the same time.
“This will be my first long-haul holiday,” says Sarah. “It couldn’t have come at a better time for us! My partner and I both turn the big 5-0 this year, and we’re treating ourselves with a holiday of a lifetime to Mexico. We will certainly be enjoying a margarita or two on The Health Lottery.”
And it’s not just the winners that benefit, as money raised through The Health Lottery helps fund vital local community projects.
£121 million has been raised so far, for over 3200 grassroots projects throughout Great Britain, supporting issues such as dementia, loneliness, learning difficulties and mental health.
This is one of the reasons Sarah plays The Health Lottery online. “I have been playing The Health Lottery once a week since 2017, picking two lines,” she explains.
“My nan had Alzheimer’s, so it is really important for me to support these projects. They are empowering the most vulnerable communities and tackling health inequalities around Great Britain. It is fantastic that I can give back a little to these wonderful projects by simply buying a ticket.”